Nottingham Forest striker Apostolos Vellios is reportedly close to sealing his exit from the City Ground.
According to Gazetta (via Nottingham Post), the 27-year-old is expected to complete a free transfer to Greek top flight team Atromitos Athen.
The Greek international will sign a two-year deal and become the Athens-based club’s highest paid player.
Vellios joined Forest in July 2016 and made 31 appearances during his first season, scoring six times, but has since been unable to fight his way into contention as a first-team regular.
He spent last season on loan with Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian first tier but struggled to make an impact, finding the net four times in 18 appearances–half of which were from the bench.
Forest will be hoping to build on their ninth-placed finish and push for play-off contention this season but it seems Vellios, whose contract runs until next summer, will play no part in that.
This move looks ideal for all parties involved. Vellios’ time has looked up in Nottingham for a little while now, so moving him on before the team returns for pre-season makes a lot of sense.
Martin O’Neill will likely be looking to make his mark on the Forest squad in his first full transfer window as the Reds boss and shifting the forward should give him a little more room to make additions.
The most productive season of Vellios’ career came in Greek football when he scored 13 goals for second division side Iraklis Thessaloniki, and he will be hoping that a move back to his home country can reignite his career.
Similarly, Atromitos will be hoping that their new highest paid player will be a shrewd bit of summer business given that he is arriving on a free transfer.