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Georgian international goalkeeper Giorgi Loria explains why Nottingham Forest move collapsed

The experienced stopper could not obtain work permit to play in England.

Nottingham Forest have spent much of this season scrounging in the transfer market. Loans and free transfers have been on the menu because of the club’s transfer embargo and Forest have found some gems.

But they never got their hands on another keeper to play back-up to Dorus De Vries – with a deal for Ben Hamer falling through.

Now it is emerging that they also tried to sign Georgian international Giorgi Loria.

The 30-year-old stopper is quoted by Voetbal Zone as stating:

“Moreover, I could have already gone to England, but the deal with Nottingham Forest fell through because I had not played seventy per cent of matches.

“I have also negotiated with Vitesse , Karpaty Lviv, Dynamo Moscow, Stoke City and Club Atlético Huracán.”

It seems that Loria had not played the necessary amount of games for the Georgian national team to qualify himself for a work permit to live and play in the UK.

Loria joined Olympiakos from OFI Crete in the summer but the move did not work out and he swiftly left.

After a spell as a free agent he found himself a new team in the form of Krylya Sovetov in Russia and no Forest deal ever came about.

Forest currently have De Vries and young Bulgarian Dimitar Evtimov as their goalkeeping options and are likely to pursue another option in the summer.

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