Nottingham Forest transfer pursuit takes fresh twist as Premier League rivals 'enter race'

Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nottingham Forest-linked Carlos Miguel is apparently at the centre of a transfer tussle. Reports from Brazil emerged overnight suggesting the Reds were ready to trigger the Corinthians goalkeeper’s €4m (£3.4m) release clause. He was said to also have interest from elsewhere - including Watford and an Italian side - but a switch to the City Ground was seen as his preferred choice.

However, there has now been a fresh twist in the battle for his signature. Brazilian media outlet UOL report West Ham United have “entered the race”.

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Forest are said to have a “verbal agreement” with the 25-year-old, giving them the “upper hand”. But the Hammers are said to have stated their willingness to meet Miguel’s release clause.

The report adds West Ham “believe” they can steal a march on the Reds by offering better terms than their Premier League rivals. Attempts by Cortinthians to hang on to him are said to have been “in vain”.

Forest spent money on goalkeepers Matt Turner and Odysseas Vlachodimos last summer but neither convinced when given their chance. It meant Forest went back into the transfer market in January to sign Matz Sels, who established himself as first-choice in the second half of the campaign.

All three are under contract until 2027 but reports from Greece earlier this year suggested Vlachodimos could leave in the summer amid frustration over his lack of game time. If a move for Miguel does materialise, he would join former Corinthians teammate Murillo as part of Nuno’s squad.

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