Nottingham Forest are in talks to terminate a loan deal for one player who has seemingly fallen victim to their multitude of summer arrivals, with a move to one of LaLiga’s biggest clubs now seemingly on the cards.
The Tricky Trees ended 23 years of pain to secure promotion, via the play-offs, last season. But their return to the Premier League brought with it a number of its own issues with a large swath of players falling out of contract.
As such, it was fully expected that manager Steve Cooper would be extremely active on the transfer front this summer. However, what followed was a transfer window of record-breaking proportions.
Forest, aided by the riches of ambitious owner Evangelos Marinakis, spent around £138m on a squad he hoped would be capable of retaining their status among the elite.
However, it wasn’t the amount spent that set a record, it was the number of new players brought in. And in total, Forest signed 22 new faces, giving them enough players to field two new sides.
One thing it did too was give Cooper several welcome selection headaches.
And one man who appears to have fallen victim to their mass recruitment is Loic Bade.
The 22-year-old made the move to the City Ground on transfer deadline day. He signed for the Reds on a season-long loan deal with an option to make the move permanent.
And having made his name for himself playing for Rennes in Ligue 1 and the Europa League, he looked one of their smarter additions.
Loic Bade fails to impress Steve Cooper
Handed the No 28 shirt at the club, though, Bade has failed to impress.
With competition tough for a place in the Forest defence, Bade has failed to make a single appearance this season. Worrying for the player is that he has not been injured, and more simply failed to catch Cooper’s eye.
Now according to Spanish TV station, El Chiringuito, talks are underway for Forest to terminate his loan from Rennes.
But he won’t be returning to the French outfit, with a move on the cards instead to Sevilla looking likely.
The LaLiga giants are surprisingly struggling this season and find themselves down in a lowly 18th.
However, there are mitigating circumstances with the Andalusians selling their defensive stalwarts Jules Kounde and Diego Carlos over the summer.
Neither were really replaced, but it seems their director of football Monchi is setting his sights on a deal for Bade.
The 22-year-old Frenchman will certainly be glad he’s not actually turned out for Forest. Having made a solitary appearance for Rennes this season, any appearance under Cooper would have deemed him ineligible to make another transfer.
However, because he did not feature, talks to take him to Sevilla should be relatively straight forward.
So, instead of helping Forest avoid the drop, he will likely now undertake the same mission with Sevilla.
With 15 games gone, Forest find themselves in 18th place, just inside the relegation zone. However, they are just six points short of mid-table and if Cooper can find the right balance, Forest will have hope of a better return when the season resumes.