Nottingham Forest's Nelson Oliveira denies competing with Sheffield Wednesday star Lucas Joao

Nelson Oliveira and Lucas Joao are looking to play for Portugal at Euro 2016.

Nottingham Forest striker Nelson Oliveira has told The Sun that he isn't competing with Sheffield Wednesday's Lucas Joao, despite the duo being in contention for Portugal's Euro 2016 squad.

Oliveira, 24, joined Forest on loan from Benfica in September, and has scored four goals in 12 games, including the winner against fierce rivals Derby County last month.

The centre forward will now be looking to return to the Portugal squad, having failed to earn a cap for his country since 2013.

Once tipped as a star of the future with Benfica and Portugal, Oliveira hasn't quite developed to the level many expected him to, and his lack of caps for his country show how he has disappointed in recent years.

He will be hoping that goals for Forest can get him back in to Fernando Santos' squad ahead of Euro 2016 - but there is another Championship striker in contention.

Sheffield Wednesday snapped up Lucas Joao from Nacional over the summer, and he has become an instant fan favourite having scored seven goals in 22 games for the Owls.

He was rewarded for his displays in November with two caps for Portugal, and there is now a sense that the 22-year-old striker is the favourite to be in Portugal's Euro 2016 squad.

Oliveira was asked whether he is in competition with Joao for place in the squad, but told The Sun that he isn't looking at the situation as a straight fight between the two.

"I don’t have competition with no one player," said Oliveira. "I look for my job and am focused on myself. Obviously I want to be in Euro 2016, I work for that. Lucas works for that too. But I don’t have competition with Lucas. He’s a good player, I’m a good player too," he added.

Portugal have struggled to find a goalscorer since the days of Nuno Gomes and Pauleta, and Santos will be hoping that either Oliveira or Joao emerge as regular scorers before the competition in France next summer, with an option needed to take some of the pressure off Cristiano Ronaldo.

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