Nottingham Forest striker Karim Ansarifard is set to move to Qatar, Nottinghamshire Live has revealed.
The Iranian striker was left out of Sabri Lamouchi’s travelling party which will head to Greece today.
Forest will play Atromitos and Olympiacos during their time overseas but Ansarifard is in the Middle East finalising his City Ground departure.
The report doesn’t reveal which club he will sign for at this stage but his days look numbered on Trentside.
Nottinghamshire Live journalist Paul Taylor seemed to reiterate this point in a thread on Twitter:
Told this is an opportunity Ansarifard is keen to pursue, rather than being a case of the club wanting to ease him out the exit.
— Paul Taylor (@nottmtails) July 11, 2019
The 29-year-old arrived at Forest in November whilst Aitor Karanka was still in charge of the club.
In 12 Championship appearances, he scored two goals and registered two assists.
Elsewhere, Ryan Yates and Yohan Benalouane won’t travel for the double-header in Greece.
Both are nursing injury concerns and Lamouchi has decided that they would be better served to undergo light training on English soil instead.
Adlene Guedioura remains on international duty with Algeria, but Tendayi Darikwa will take his place in the squad following his AFCON participation with Zimbabwe.
Seat Pitch Summary
Ansarifard’s departure leaves Forest with a void to fill.
The Championship is a demanding league and to rely on Lewis Grabban for 46 games would just be far too risky.
Daryl Murphy looks set to leave this summer and that leaves just Tyler Walker as a backup to Grabban.
Ansarifard’s departure will surely intensify Forest’s search for a new striker prior to the season kicking off in August.
The Reds have a bloated squad, but they bizarrely lack centre forward options and that will need addressing.
Lamouchi will surely have a list of striking targets ready to pursue should Ansarifard make the switch to Qatar and the need for a striker is looking pretty urgent ahead of the season commencing.