Having spent the second half of the 2017-18 season on loan with Forest, it appears that Aitor Karanka’s side are keen to sign the Romanian shot-stopper on a permanent basis. And, according to recent reports, the Reds have the advantage over Aston Villa in the race to sign the experienced goalkeeper.
According to Nottinghamshire Live, Forest have the edge over divisional rivals Aston Villa in the pursuit to sign Costel Pantilimon from Watford. One of the primary factors in the race to sign the former Manchester City star is the fact that the experienced goalie has already represented Forest, and enjoyed a successful spell at the City Ground while on loan.
Moreover, the goalkeeper publicly revealed his happiness having played for Nottingham Forest and having worked alongside Aitor Karanka. The following quotes are from Nottinghamshire Live,
“For me, it is a pleasure to work with him, and I hope we can have a long history together at the club.”
Another critical factor in the race to sign the goalkeeper is the fact that Aston Villa are riddled with financial issues. The Midlands club have been unable to complete a tax payment, and their immediate financial security is a concern for Steve Bruce’s side. He is valued at €1.5M by transfermarkt.
This will hand Forest a significant boost in their pursuit to sign the Romanian international. Given his height, and his commanding presence, the 31-year-old is regarded as an excellent shot-stopper, and he’s also proven to be a proficient saver of penalties. That said, his discipline is questionable at times, and it could require greater improvement if the goalkeeper is going to continue his progression.
The glovesman has amassed experience of playing at the highest level, be that in the Premier League, La Liga or on the international stage. A player of his calibre and experience would be an excellent addition to Karanka’s side, and it could augment Forest’s promotion aspirations.
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