Nottingham Forest owner and chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi has confirmed on his official Twitter account that the Reds have signed Swedish goalkeeper Tim Erlandsson on a permanent deal, having spent last season on loan at the City Ground.
We have also signed young goalkeeper Tim Erlandsson on a permanent basis. #nffc— @FAWAZ_ALHASAWI (@fawaz_alhasawi1) June 2, 2015
The 18-year-old stopper, who is a youth international for his nation, has been on loan at the Championship club for the past campaign from hometown club Halmstads BK. He did not make a single appearance for the club, which was not a surprise, and it is likely that Forest used this season as something of a long-term trial.
He appears to have passed all the tests put forward to him, and the club have officially captured the young ‘keeper on a permanent deal.
Al-Hasawi’s tweet gives no reference to a transfer fee paid to Halmstads, or the length of contract Erlandsson was rewarded with, but it is likely to be a long-term deal due to his age and need to develop.
Erlandsson is not expected to challenge at first-team level next season despite signing a permanent deal with Forest, and his signing is clearly one for the future. Still, it is good to see that the club are starting their summer preparations early, as they look to push for promotion to the Premier League next season.