Nottingham Forest paid less than £1 million to sign central defender Chema Rodriguez on transfer deadline day, according to Bein Sports.
The 27-year-old was perhaps a surprise addition to Forest’s ranks, considering the plethora of defenders already available at Sabri Lamouchi’s disposal.
Nonetheless, he arrives with a decent pedigree having played 45 times in La Liga for Levante.
The ex-Atletico Madrid youngster appealed to Lamouchi as he is a left-footed central defender, which should add some balance to his central defensive partnership.
With the fee now revealed, it may take some of the heat away from the club, with some supporters seriously questioning why Forest needed to spend more money on a centre-back.
At just under £1 million landing him seems like a no brainer. Even if the transfer doesn’t work out for the Reds, it hasn’t broken the bank and Rodriguez will probably maintain some resale value.
The Spaniard proved an uncompromising central defender for Levante and his signing could be a shrewd one.
Rodriguez was impressive for Valencia-based outfit Levante last season, showcasing a commanding style of defending.
Where he fits into the Forest team is another matter altogether. Michael Dawson and Joe Worrall have started both of the club’s league games, whilst Tobias Figueiredo played well in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over Fleetwood Town.
Although some players do need moving on from the City Ground, Rodriguez may well prove a decent addition if he can settle into life in the Championship.