According to reports, Claudio Yacob could be on his way out of Nottingham Forest this summer after falling out of favour under Martin O’Neill. Since Aitor Karanka was replaced by the former Republic of Ireland manager, Yacob has found himself on the periphery and has been pushed out of the matchday squad in 2019. Olympiacos are said to be interested.
Yacob has made 14 appearances in all competitions since joining the Midlands club on a free transfer in September, but it appears unlikely he will see out his two-year deal at the City Ground. The 31-year-old has made just one league appearance since January and hasn’t been in the Forest squad for their last five games.
O’Neill did recently talk up the idea of Yacob returning to the first-team, but it appears unlikely given the players ahead of him in the pecking order – Jack Colback, Pele, Ben Watson, Adlene Guedioura, Ryan Yates. Yacob is unlikely to stay at Forest for a second season if he receives no guarantees about first-team football.
Olympiacos could capitalise on the situation if Bibras Natkho is sold over the summer. Evangelos Marinakis owns the Greek side and Forest, but whether Yacob can improve their squad remains to be seen.