We might still be in mid-April but Nottingham Forest could already have pulled off one of the summer’s most inspired transfers.
Tobias Figueiredo has made a real impact since moving to the City Ground on loan from Portuguese giants Sporting Lisbon in the January transfer window, shoring up a Forest defence that had leaked goals at a remarkable rate prior to his arrival and becoming a bona fide fan favourite to boot.
Because it is understood that Forest had an agreement to sign the 24-year-old permanently for just shy of £2 million once he played his 11th game for the club – a landmark Figueiredo reached in the 2-1 victory over Ipswich Town on Saturday.
And, typically, the former Portugal U23 ace was impressive at the heart of the defence as Aitor Karanka’s side secured a victory which ensures they will be a Championship team next season.
Figueiredo, a strong and commanding centre-half renowned for his strength in the air, made a game-high 13 clearances alongside Daniel Fox.
And he is expected to be the first piece of Nottingham Forest’s jigsaw this summer with Karanka already confirming, via the Nottingham Post, that he will attempt to bring former player Michael Dawson back to the City Ground when his contract at Hull City expires.