Linked with Sheffield Wednesday, could free agent follow former boss Marco Silva to Nottingham Forest instead?

Forest candidate Marco Silva

The Portuguese is the new front runner for the Nottingham Forest job.

Until now, Sheffield Wednesday could safely proclaim that they were the Championship's most Portuguese-influenced club.

With their head coach Carlos Carvalhal, striker Lucas Joao, winger Marco Matias and midfielders Filipe Melo and Jose Semedo - the latter a bona fide Hillsborough icon - Owls supporters have developed quite an affinity for the Iberian nation.

Sheffield Wednesday's Jose Semedo during a press conference ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's match against ArsenalSmiley Semedo is a Wednesday cult hero

Now, it seems, Nottingham Forest want in.

Last week, the Reds hired Pedro Pereira, the long-time former Braga director of football (who incidentally worked alongside Carvalhal for a brief spell a decade ago), and the word on the street is that Marco Silva is set to follow.

The highly-rated head coach resigned from his Olympiacos post on Thursday, with reported Forest target Victor Sanchez quick to replace him at the club owned by the Midlands side's prospective new investor, Evangelos Marinakis.

Forest candidate Marco SilvaForest candidate Marco Silva

Naturally, Silva has already been installed as the bookies' favourite, as Forest fans prepare for a Portuguese revolution on Trentside.

38-year-old Silva made his name at Estoril Praia, a modest club from the outskirts of Lisbon, where his penchant was picking up those disregarded by others and provoking success.

Incidentally, one such player, Yohan Tavares, has already found himself linked with a move to England, with Wednesday the alleged suitors (A Bola).

Estoril's Yohan Tavares in action against PortoTavares in action for Estoril against Porto

However, with Kelvin Wilson departing on a free transfer, it's entirely feasible that the France-born Portuguese would also feature on Forest's shopping list - especially if the man who brought him to Estoril were to make the same move.

Available for nothing under the Bosman ruling, Tavares, who began his career with Le Mans and later secured a €2 million switch to Standard Liege, would be a shrewd addition to a Forest back line which now contains only Jack Hobbs, Michael Mancienne and Matt Mills.

While Wednesday's options may be more scarce, with only Glenn Loovens and Tom Lees to call on, the presence of Silva could perhaps swing the deal in Forest's favour.

Watch this space...

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos CarvalhalWednesday's Carvalhal could be joined in the Championship by one of his compatriots

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch