Championship outfit Reading are interested in a move for former Nottingham Forest left-back Yuri Ribeiro, as per the Reading Chronicle.
The 24-year-old was released from the City Ground in the summer on the expiration of his contract, but made a respectable 25 Championship appearances last term and was part of a side that conceded just 45 goals in 46 league games during the 2020/21 campaign.
He arrived in the East Midlands in 2019 from Benfica along with former Reading loanee Alfa Semedo in a double deal, with both graduating from the Portuguese side’s academy in their earlier years and Ribeiro opting to make the permanent jump to English football.
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After becoming a semi-regular player for Forest, making 57 competitive appearances in total during his two-year stint there, his time in England may not be done yet with Reading on the prowl for a first-choice left-back.
Omar Richards’ departure to Bayern Munch earlier in the summer has left teenagers Ethan Bristow and Imari Samuels as the Royals’ only natural full-backs on that side, with Tom McIntyre also filling in there on the odd occasion last season.
However, McIntyre’s natural position is at centre-back and with a risk of injuries to the likes of Liam Moore and Michael Morrison throughout the 2021/22 campaign, he might be required there at some point.
With this latest development at the Select Car Leasing Stadium, we take a look at some of the latest reaction from Reading fans on Twitter ahead of this potential move.
What a day to be a Reading fan 🤩 https://t.co/8yHvKLuhbw
— 🃏 (@Jwills40) August 12, 2021
YES. Senior Left back, proven itl, 24 and probably eager to prove himself in this league again. Would be a great free agent signing https://t.co/2BMp3dfGn5
— Lukey (@LukeB_RFC) August 12, 2021
Played over 50 times for forest so knows the championship. Should be good move if happens.
— steve richardson (@Rich1Steve) August 12, 2021
Why did Forest let Ribeiro go? Something about this move doesn’t make sense #readingfc
— Marc McNulty SZN (@RFC187106) August 12, 2021
— CM (@ronniemac93) August 12, 2021
YES PLEASE https://t.co/pbj87ufNNu
— Trenchy (@AdamHumphries96) August 12, 2021
Ohh my goddd
— TheBoysInHoops (@PaunoBall1871) August 12, 2021
This is all I have found about him but if you go through the Braga and Benfica youth system you have something about you.
— MarkRobson (@MarkRobson15) August 12, 2021