Newcastle United eye Stefanos Kapino...but is Nottingham Forest the obvious destination?

Mark Warburton, manager of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Carabao Cup First Round match between Nottingham Forest and Shrewsbury Town at the City Ground on August 8, 2017 in...

Nottingham Forest need a goalkeeper so why not ask for Evangelos Marinakis' help and turn to Olympiakos shot-stopper Stefanos Kapino?

Mark Warburton manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrews (stadium) on November 18, 2017 in...

They say it’s not what you know but who, and Nottingham Forest should perhaps look to that mantra as they aim to fill a few gaps in their squad during the January transfer window.

Their owner Evangelos Marinakis remains the head honcho at Greek giants Olympiakos after all – so Forest should perhaps aim to strike a deal to bring one or two of the Super League champions’ players to the City Ground after midfielder Andreas Bouchalakis made the move in the summer.

And with Greek outlet Sportdog reporting that Olympiakos will sell goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino in January, perhaps he could be the answer to Mark Warburton’s problems between the sticks.

Olympiacos's goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino (L) fights for the ball with Sporting Lisbon's Seydou Doumbia (R) during the Group D UEFA Champions League football match between Olympiacos and...

A new number one has been Warburton’s priority for some time and, according to The Mirror (21st December, page 50), they are set to make a new bid for Brondby’s great Dane Frederick Ronnow.

How likely that deal is, however, remains to be seen after Ronnow rejected a move to the East Midlands in the summer as he did not want to play in the second division.

Frederik Ronnow of Esbjerg fB in action during the UEFA Europe League group stage match between Esbjerg fB and FC Salzburg held on October 3, 2013 at the Sport og Event Park Esbjerg, in...

Kapino, however, may be more open to the move after falling out of favour at Olympiakos. He hasn’t played at all since September after a dreadful display in a 3-2 loss against AEK Athens and, according to Sportdog, will be available for as little as £1.7 million in January.

Newcastle United are said to be interested in the nine-time Greek international with manager Rafa Benitez desperate to add a new number one to his ranks. Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow remain unconvincing while Kapino fits the model of signing young players on bargain deals.

But Forest could hold an advantage if they look across the continent for their new shot-stopper.

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