Report: Nottingham Forest's 2015-16 loan star Nelson Oliveira has been transfer listed by Benfica

Nelson Oliveira scoring for Benfica

The Portugal star has been told he can leave Benfica.

Nelson Oliveira celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham ForestNelson Oliveira celebrates after scoring the first goal for Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest fans will surely be interested to hear news coming out from Portugal this week that SL Benfica are ready to sell Nelson Oliveira this summer – as reported by O Jogo.

The Portuguese forward of course spent the 2015-16 season on loan at the City Ground and impressed at the club – despite having his season cut short by a groin injury in March.

Nelson Oliveira of Nottingham Forest in action with Liam Cooper of Leeds UnitedNelson Oliveira of Nottingham Forest in action with Liam Cooper of Leeds United

He scored just nine goals in 29 appearances but put in some excellent performances and looked to have plenty more to give at the club. Now Benfica are looking to cash in on the player.

Nelson Oliveira scoring for BenficaNelson Oliveira scoring for Benfica

He spent last season on loan at the club and former manager Dougie Freedman always maintained that there was no scope to make the deal permanent in the summer.

But with a new sporting director from Portugal and the transfer embargo at Forest now lifted there is surely some chance of bringing him in permanently – even if he does cost Forest a fair amount of money.

Nottingham Forest's Nelson Oliveira celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spotNottingham Forest's Nelson Oliveira celebrates scoring their first goal from the penalty spot

It will of course depend on what their new manager thinks but the player, who has previously spent time on loan at Swansea City, is bound to have plenty of options and Forest must make sure they are in the race.

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