Three Portugal-based players Pedro Pereira could bring to Nottingham Forest

General view inside the City Ground

The Portuguese could be on his way to the City Ground as sporting director.

General view inside the City GroundCould Forest be turning Portuguese?

According to reports on the continent, Nottingham Forest have offered a director of football role to Pedro Pereira.

The Portuguese, who recently parted ways with Fiorentina after only a year in Italy, spent 12 of the previous 13 at Braga and knows the Primeira Liga inside out.

So could he utilise his contacts to secure Forest some new players? Here are three to target:

3) Ali Ghazal (Nacional da Medeira)

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesGhazal (R) throws his weight about

Forest have released Robert Tesche, while Gary Gardner has returned to Aston Villa, leaving a hole in the centre of the park. And signing Ghazal, an imposing defensive midfielder, would ensure that void becomes significantly smaller.

The 24-year-old, who has three caps for Egypt, was recently linked with Leeds, while Swansea were also said to be keen at one point. Ghazal can also play at centre-back if required, and his tally of 27 yellow cards and one red in little over 100 Nacional appearances suggests he's not afraid to get stuck in.

2) Fabio Sturgeon (Belenenses)

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesSturgeon (R) is a former Portugal Under-21 international

Creativity was a major issue for Forest last season, with the Reds mustering less than a goal a game in the Championship. Part of that was no doubt down to the prolonged absence of key men Henri Lansbury and Britt Assombalonga, and with the former continuing to be linked with a move away, a flair player like Sturgeon could be just what the doctor ordered.

The 22-year-old, an attacking midfielder/winger, scored four goals and provided as many assists last term, and was previously linked with moves to Liverpool and Sheffield Wednesday. And if you think his name sounds a little...fishy, you'd be right - his old man's an English ex-pat.

1) Leo Bonatini (Estoril)

With another Portuguese, Nelson Oliveira, unlikely to return following his loan from Benfica, a new striker will be high on Forest's list of priorities. The solution could be Bonatini, who was outscored by just three players (from either champions Benfica or runners-up Sporting CP) in last season's Primeira Liga.

However, it is unclear whether the Brazilian, once on the books of Juventus, is a holder of an EU passport, which would enable him to move freely to England.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch