Nottingham Forest striker Karim Ansarifard has completed a permanent move to Qatari side Al-Sailiya, the club has confirmed.
Ansarifard only completed his switch to the City Ground in November 2018 after his contract was cancelled by Olympiacos, but new boss Sabri Lamouchi has now allowed him to leave for an undisclosed fee.
The 29-year-old has signed a two-year deal with his new club, putting an end to his Forest career which never really took off since his arrival.
He made a total of 12 appearances for the Reds and scored just two goals, but his time at the club was interrupted when he was called up by Iran for the AFC Asian Cup in January.
Al-Sailiya reportedly saw off interest from Rangers, Hamburg and Besiktas to land Ansarifard this summer, and Forest will now be looking to add another striker to bolster their attacking ranks.
The club have already signed five players since Lamouchi’s arrival with Tiago Silva, Yuri Ribeiro, Albert Adomah, Arijanet Muric and Alfa Semedo arriving at the City Ground.
Ansarifard failed to truly make his mark at Forest last season, but I am still surprised the club has allowed him to leave this summer.
There is a talented player in there somewhere, and I think he just needed a full pre-season to establish himself at the club and kick on next season. Forest are now also looking short for numbers up front.
However, it has not been stated whether Ansarifard requested the move or not. If the striker wanted out, then I think Forest have made the correct move as they cannot afford to have any negative figures in the squad next season.
But regardless of the reasoning behind the departure, I think this loss will be considered as a blow for Forest and they must now put all their efforts into adding a quality striker to their ranks.