Nottingham Forest have confirmed the departure of striker Karim Ansarifard to Qatari club Al-Sailiya.
Ansarifard has signed a two-year deal with his new club and departs Forest for an undisclosed fee after spending less than a year at the City Ground.
The 29-year-old failed to truly make his mark since arriving at the club in November 2018, as he made just 12 appearances and scored just two goals last term.
He has now been allowed to move on by new boss Sabri Lamouchi, with Al-Sailiya reportedly seeing off interest from the likes of Rangers, Hamburg and Besiktas to land his signature.
Forest confirmed news of Ansarifard’s departure via their Twitter account on Friday morning:
— Nottingham Forest FC (@NFFC) July 12, 2019
Plenty of Forest fans reacted to the announcement, with many wondering why Ansarifard had been allowed to leave after spending such a short time at the club. Other supporters also urged Forest to bolster their attacking ranks by signing a new striker.
Here are some of the responses…
???? woefully underused
— Steve Gibson (@Gibbo8) July 12, 2019
I really thought he had a big part to play this year
— Matt&Kelly Alderton (@mattalderton3) July 12, 2019
Rather him not be here if he doesn’t want to be here. Another striker now please
— Owen Summers (@owensummers) July 12, 2019
please say your looking for replacements, Grabben can't do it alone
— Mr Howe nffc83 (@Howe83) July 12, 2019
That’s actually shocked me, especially before getting a new striker in, he’s another we didn’t really get to see what he could do with a good run in the team, hopefully we’ve got something pretty good lined up ????
— RobboTheRed (@Robbothered1) July 12, 2019
Had no problem keeping him as he looked like he had something to offer towards the end of the season.
But if we can get a good replacement in then i will be more than happy.
— martyn (@martynbigdog) July 12, 2019
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Karim no. Please think about this. We love you.
— Jess Mellors (@NFFC1865UREDS) July 12, 2019