Nottingham Forest have wrapped up a deal for Tiago Silva, with the midfielder arriving from Portuguese outfit Feirense on a two-year contract.

The club have announced the signing on their official website.

The Nottingham Post had earlier reported on an agreement being close, claiming: “It is not yet clear what the precise fee will be, but it is understood to be a seven-figure sum.”

A little vague, admittedly.

That could be anything between £1,000,000 and £9,999,999.

It is safe to assume that the figure will not be towards the top end of that bracket.

Similarities

For all of his qualities, Silva has just suffered relegation out of the Portuguese top tier.

There may be similarities to be drawn with one Joao Carvalho – another product of Benfica’s academy system.

But price tag is not one of them.

Silva is, however, seemingly cut from the same playmaking cloth as a fellow countryman.

Which is most welcome.

Forest have been crying out for more creativity in the middle of the park.

Carvalho is very much your archetypal No. 10.

He boasts all of the ability, but is never going to push himself too hard winning the ball back.

The 22-year-old is more of a get it and give it type.

Silva could be considered to be another in that mould.

He is something of an unknown quantity, though.

Unless you are an aficionado of Portuguese football, the chances are that you know little about him.

Thiago Silva?

That will have been the question asked by many.

Pele wasn’t enough?

Reinforcements

 

A commanding centre-half on the books at PSG would be most welcome, but isn’t a target at present.

Alexander Milosevic and Tobias Figueiredo would keep him out of the team!

Instead, the Reds are looking for reinforcements in the middle of the park.

The chances of bringing Jack Colback back to the City Ground appear to be waning.

Forest do, however, have alternative options to fill a holding role.

What is required is somebody to help Joe Lolley and Carvalho carry the burden of unlocking opposition defences.

Sammy Ameobi should aid that cause.

Silva, as the first signing of the Sabri Lamouchi era, will add depth to that talent pool.

A clean slate for Forest, with a fresh set of eyes narrowing the focus in the right areas of the summer transfer market.