Date: 5th September 2019 at 8:52pm
Written by: Seb Franklin

Nottingham Forest signed Marios Siampanis on deadline day but didn’t officially announce his arrival – he was only named as a player on the club’s website. The 19-year-old has joined Forest’s u23s on a season-long loan from Olympiacos and will look to get minutes under Jimmy Gilligan. He trialled for the reserves against Cardiff on August 30.

The Reds are overstocked on goalkeepers after Sabri Lamouchi brought in Arijanet Muric and Brice Samba. Forest still have Costel Pantilimon and Jordan Smith in the squad while Luke Steele was only loaned out to Millwall until January.

It’s unlikely that fans will see much of Siampanis, however. The Greek u21 international may instead be auditioning in the reserves for a permanent transfer next summer. Siampanis will be competing with George Shelvey and Jordan Wright for a starting place between the sticks.

The teenage stopper has played for Pavlos Melas and PAOK Thessaloniki before his 2019-move to Olympiacos came about. He made three appearances for PAOK’s u19s (keeping two clean sheets) and three for their senior squad (keeping two clean sheets). And just a month after his Olympiacos switch , he was loaned out to Forest.

Whether Siampanis will get a chance in the first-team under Lamouchi remains to be seen, however.

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