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Benfica are happy for Filip Krovinovic to leave West Bromwich Albion and join Nottingham Forest instead, as reported by O Jogo.

Speaking to 24Sata this week, Krovinovic’s agent warned striking a deal for the Croatian midfielder this month would be easier said than done.

The situation, Marjan Sisic said, was “quite complicated”. He had a point.

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For Nottingham Forest to get their man, they need Benfica to cut short Krovinovic’s loan spell at West Brom before allowing the playmaker to join a club stuck in the bottom half of the Championship.

Fortunately for Forest, Benfica won’t stand in Krovinovic’s way.

In fact, the Portuguese giants would be happy for the 25-year-old to link up with Chris Hughton’s side during the January transfer window.

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Benfica have even turned down an offer from Hajduk Split. Perhaps they feel, if they want to sell Krovinovic at the end of the season, another spell in England would be the best way to drum up interest and raise his transfer value.

Forward-thinking and creative, Krovinovic played a key role as Slaven Bilic’s West Brom earned promotion to the Premier League last term. But he has played just 18 minutes of football since Bilic was replaced by Sam Allardyce at the Hawthorns.

In theory, Krovinovic could provide a much-needed cutting edge at the heart of a Forest midfield high on industry but short on inspiration.

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