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Update suggests Nottingham Forest man will be set for January exit

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Nottingham Forest keeper Costel Pantilimon is likely to leave the club in January as he continues to be way down the pecking order under Sabri Lamouchi.

The former Manchester City stopper was number one for the Reds last season, playing in 44 Championship games, however he has not even made the matchday squad under Lamouchi.

Summer signings Brice Samba and Aro Muric are ahead of Pantilimon whilst Jordan Smith made the bench for the League Cup defeat at Arsenal, meaning the Romanian is effectively fourth choice at the City Ground.

So, it was no surprise to see Nottinghamshire Live reporter Barry Cooper reveal that he expects the 32-year-old to depart and he explained how the keeper turned down a move in the previous window.

He was reluctant to move in the summer and remains at the club. He’s just not involved in the squad and is free to move elsewhere. I would deem it extremely unlikely to see him come back in from the cold even if Aro Muric was to return to Manchester City.

A move in January would surely be favourite for the Romanian.”

The verdict

This is an expected update and you’d have to say that a move would benefit all parties.

Samba is playing extremely well in goal right now and it’s clear that the new manager isn’t a fan of Pantilimon and these things happen in football.

The keeper should still have a lot to offer though and he should seek a transfer in the New Year to get his career back on track.

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