Could Yaya Toure's Olympiacos exit lead him to Nottingham Forest?

General View of the the Brian Clough stand before the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Middlesbrough at City Ground on August 19, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Nottingham Forest have been mentioned as a possible destination for Toure.

Olympiakos' Ivorian midfielder Yaya Toure (R) vies for the ball with F91 Dudelange's German midfielder Edisson Jordanov  during the UEFA Europa League Group F second-leg football match...

Yaya Toure is back without a club after leaving Olympiacos this week. But could the former Manchester City midfielder's new-found unemployment lead him to Nottingham Forest?

According to one bookmaker, Forest (6/1) are one of the main contenders for Toure's signature, behind any Chinese (2/1) and MLS club (5/2).

But how likely is it? HITC takes a look...

 

Why's he left Olympiacos?

The official reason is unclear, although financial reasons have been cited (Sky Sports). We do, however, know he left on good terms, after the Greek side said in a statement: "Yaya is and remains an important member of the Olympiacos family (one which now includes Nottingham Forest after the club's purchase by Evangelos Marinakis) who has marked a central part of the history of the club. 

A file picture taken on September 17, 2013 in Piraeus prior to the Olympiakos and Paris Saint-Germain Champions League football match shows Evangelos Marinakis (R), the president of...

"Yaya will remain deeply devoted to the club and wishes to Olympiacos lots of success.

"Yaya is leaving as a friend and the doors at Olympiacos will always be open for him.

"Our paths will surely cross again."

What has Toure said?

Nothing yet, but he is said to be eyeing a return to English football - specifically the Premier League (Sky Sports). Two clubs, West Ham United and Crystal Palace, have already distance themselves from the 35-year-old.

Yaya Toure of Manchester City shows appreciation to the fans as his brother Kolo Toure looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Brighton and Hove Albion at...

Do Nottingham Forest need him?

In short, no. Aitor Karanka's central midfield options currently comprise eight players - Adlene Guedioura, Jack Colback, Ben Watson, Joao Carvalho, Panagiotis Tachtsidis, Liam Bridcutt, Claudio Yacob and Ryan Yates. Although, a player of Toure's quality could significantly boost the Reds' promotion charge.

Verdict: Stranger things have happened - but maybe spend your money elsewhere on this occasion.

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