Long-term Nottingham Forest target Nuno da Costa is expected to be announced at the City Ground on Tuesday following a medical at the club, it is claimed.
The striker has been on the Forest radar since the beginning of the transfer window, with the deal expected to be completed in the next couple of hours – for a fee believed to be in the region of €2m.
Reports across the Channel suggest the Strasbourg forward travelled to England on Monday night ahead of a medical at the Nigel Doughty Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has openly admitted the club’s need for a back-up striker to the talismanic Lewis Grabban – with Glenn Murray another name linked with the club this window.
The French media claim that Forest had two bids of €1.3m and €1.5m rejected by Strasbourg before both clubs agreed a fee of €2m.
Da Costa will certainly not feature in Tuesday’s Brentford clash but he may be available for Forest’s game against Birmingham City at the weekend.
Forest have been on a fantastic run in the league, undefeated since the turn of the year.
If results go their way on in the midweek fixtures, Forest could find themselves one point off the automatic play-off spots.
Lamouchi will be hoping his side keep up their league form with da Costa expected to bolster their attacking line.
Da Costa is a versatile frontman, with strength and pace – the forward may not be heading the frontline but could be a fantastic asset to bring on in the final stages of fixtures.
The Cape Verde striker has not had the best season in front of goal, only netting once in Ligue 1 this campaign.
However, Lamouchi will know all about the forward from his time in charge of Ligue 1 rivals Rennes.
The Reds have been in the hunt for a striker after unimpressive Wolves loanee Rafa Mir was sent back to Molineux at the beginning of the window.