Nottingham Forest are reportedly in pole position to side Montenegrin midfield Nikola Vukcevic, currently playing for Braga in Portugal.
Reports in Portuguese paper O Jogo, reported via Sports Witness, claim the Championship club are ‘best placed’ to sign Braga’s 26-year old midfielder.
Vukcevic is a defensive midfielder, seemingly at odds with the club’s current requirements, but speculation is mounting in Portugal that a move will go ahead. Today’s reports are just the latest to link the player with a City Ground move.
Vukcevic has played 28 times for his country, scoring once as they defeated Kazakhstan 5-0 in World Cup qualification. They finished third in their group, just six points behind Denmark and ahead of Romania, but that wasn’t enough to earn them a spot in Russia.
6ft Vukcevic started out in his homeland with Budućnost Podgorica before switching to Portugal in 2013. He featured mainly for Braga’s B team, before stepping up to the first team in 2015.
Last season he helped them to fourth in the Portuguese top tier and qualification for the Europa League.
Surely Forest have their fill of Portugal-based player already don’t they? Whilst the other three seemed to be sensible purchases, a move for the Montenegrin would appear to be pure folly.
He’s represented by Gestifute though and that particular agency do seem to be dealing heavily with Forest this season, so the move isn’t perhaps as unlikely as the squad’s need suggest.