Arvin Appiah stuck with Almeria reserves after £8m Nottingham Forest exit

Sabri Lamouchi, Manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Nottingham Forest and Derby County at City Ground on August 27, 2019 in Nottingham,...

Nottingham Forest sold England youth star Arvin Appiah to La Liga-chasing Almeria after just six Championship appearances.

Arvin Appiah of Nottingham Forest beats Dimitar Evtimov of Burton Albion to score his teams second goal during the Carabao Cup Fourth Round match between Burton Albion and Nottingham...

Arvin Appiah will initially play for Almeria’s reserve side despite joining the nouveau-riche Spaniards from Nottingham Forest in a money-spinning £8 million deal, according to AS.

Appiah moved into the top five in the all-time list of most expensive departures from the City Ground earlier in September, joining Almeria for a huge fee despite making just six Championship appearances for the two-time European champions.

The highly-rated winger was one of the most exciting young talents to emerge out of Nottingham Forest’s academy in the last few years but £8 million for an 18-year-old back-up player was simply too much to turn down.

 

His destination, however, did raise a few eyebrows.

Despite being linked with the likes of Liverpool and Manchester United, Appiah joined Spanish second division outfit UD Almeria, who’s coffers were swelled substantially by a recent takeover from Saudi Arabian Turki Al-Sheikh.

Arvin Appiah of England during the UEFA European Under-17 Championship at Bescot Stadium on May 7, 2018 in Walsall, England.

But, according to AS, Appiah will be forced to spend his first few months at Almeria playing for the reserves in Spain’s multi-layered third tier.

The England youth star is not the only head-turning signing Almeria have made in recent months. Ante Coric, the one-time ‘new Luka Modric’, joined over the summer too just 12 months after being snapped up by Roma for a big fee.

Ante Coric of AS Roma during the UEFA Champions League  match between AS Roma v Real Madrid at the Stadio Olimpico Rome on November 27, 2018 in Rome Italy

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