Nottingham Forest's Dimitar Evtimov tipped to be Darlow's replacement

Mansfield boss Paul Cox has suggested that Nottingham Forest are set to offer Dimitar Evtimov a first-team role in the near future.

It seems that Dimitar Evtimov may be being lined up as the man to take over from Karl Darlow when the Nottingham Forest 'keeper completes his move to Newcastle United.

Darlow will join up with Newcastle this summer and the suggestion is that Evtimov could replace him as Forest's number one.

Darlow has monopolised the position between the sticks at Forest since breaking into the first team midway through the 2012-13 campaign and is regarded as a fine talent.

It was expected that Forest would have to spend big to fill the void the 24-year-old's departure will leave, but Evtimov may be the man to take the gloves.

Forest will have to cut back on their spending if they are to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, after being landed with a transfer embargo during this window, and it seems that they are planning for the future with Evtimov in goal. 

The Bulgarian stopper has been on loan at League Two Mansfield Town this season, where he has impressed, and the Stags had hoped to extend his temporary move until the end of the season.

However, Mansfield manager Adam Cox found his offers rejected because Forest feel that the custodian has a first-team future at the City Ground. 

"Dimi has done himself no harm at all during the games in which he has played here," Cox told Mansfield's official site

"We attempted to extend his loan but unfortunately for us, Forest see him as part of their long-term plans."

Evtimov has made 11 appearances for Mansfield during what was a productive loan move, where he established himself as the side's number one stopper. 

Cox's side will be looking to bring in a new goalkeeper now that he has departed the One Call Stadium to return to Forest. 

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