Report: Nottingham Forest set for disappointment in Daniel Podence pursuit

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka during the Premier League match between Everton and Middlesbrough at Goodison Park on September 17, 2016 in Liverpool, England.

Nottingham Forest had looked set to make Sporting Lisbon winger Daniel Podence their latest new addition to the City Ground.

Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka celebrates following the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Brighton and Hove Albion at the Riverside Stadium on May 7, 2016 in...

It has been a fantastic start to the summer so far for Nottingham Forest.

The East Midland giants have smashed their transfer record to land Joao Carvalho for £13 million, brought in another Portuguese starlet in Diogo Goncalves, solved their left-back problem with the arrival of Jack Robinson from QPR and landed the Croatian league’s reigning Golden Boot winner and Player of the Year El Arabi Hillel Soudani.

But Forest cannot have it all.

ZeroZero reported last week that Aitor Karanka’s side were in talks to sign Portuguese U21 ace Daniel Podence on a free after he terminated his contract with Primeira Liga giants Sporting Lisbon.

Sporting's Portuguese forward Daniel Podence (C) vies with Portimonense's Portuguese midfielder Pedro Sa (R) during the Portuguese league football match Sporting CP against Portimonense SC...

It was understood that Forest had held talks with the 21-year-old winger, who played 15 times for the Lisbon outfit last season, and had even gone as far as to make a formal offer. With a release clause in his contract worth £53 million before the termination of his deal, signing Podence on a free looked like wonderful business.

But the Nottingham Post looks to have delivered a hammer blow to Forest’s hopes.

Portugal's midfielder Daniel Podence (R) fails to score during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group B football match FYR Macedonia vs Portugal in Gdynia, Poland on June 23, 2017.

It is understood that Podence is now very close to signing for Greek giants Olympiakos instead who, ironically, are also owned by Forest chief Evangelos Marinakis.

Olympiakos had won the Greek Superleague seven years in a row prior to last season, where they finished third and lost their crown to AEK Athens.

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