Nottingham Forest linked with further transfer business after links emerge with interest in Palmeiras midfielder

After completing a deal for 29-year-old Gustavo Scarpa during the current winter window, Forest is linked with one of Brazil’s brightest young midfielders as Palmeiras could prove to be a preferred shopping isle

Promoted Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest continues to enjoy the fruits of their labor last season and the financial benefits that resulted as the City Ground could be preparing to welcome yet another signing during the 2022-23 campaign after reports link Forest with interest in highly-rated Brazilian holding midfielder Danilo.

Reports from the Telegraph duo John Percy and Sam Dean detail the desire for Forest to add a new deep-sitting midfielder into the senior setup under Steve Cooper during the current winter window, with the club weighing up a possible £18m bid for the 21-year-old Salvador native.

Forest had previously turned to Palmeiras when they sealed the free transfer of attacking midfielder Gustavo Scarpa earlier in the window, with the 29-year-old already making two appearances under Cooper during a 90-minute spell in the FA Cup loss against Blackpool as well as a 19-minute cameo in the Premier League during a 1-0 win over Southampton.

Should a move for Danilo come to fruition, it would be the 25th signing of the season for Forest in what has been an unprecedented entire overhaul of the senior team, which could see their total spending reach nearly £160m.

Forest will have to move fast if they are to add Danilo’s name to the list of new arrivals, however, with a number of clubs maintaining interest in the midfielder and a player who is widely regarded as one of Brazil’s bright young talents. The need to operate expeditiously is supported by Danilo’s comments in the press back in November showing he now feels suitably prepared to take on the European challenge when he stated “I see myself as mature enough to be able to play in any competition in the world.”

If Forest does pull the trigger, Danilo would be the eighth midfield signing by the club since the opening of the summer transfer window, adding his name to the sign-in sheet alongside the aforementioned Scarpa as well as Cheikhou Kouyaté, Remo Freuler, Orel Mangala, Lewis O’Brien, Morgan Gibbs-White, and Jesse Lingard. But with Kouyaté now injured, Cooper has just veteran midfielder Jack Colback as the only recognized deep option capable of operating in the 6 role, making the possible acquisition of Danilo a priority.

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