Chelsea man given ‘here we go’ with unwanted 22yo set to join Arsenal outcast at Nottm Forest

Jason Soutar
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Nuno Tavares are set to join Nottingham Forest.
Callum Hudson-Odoi and Nuno Tavares are set to join Nottingham Forest.

Nottingham Forest are expected to complete the deadline day signings of Arsenal left-back Nuno Tavares and Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, according to reports.

Both players spent time out on loan last term. Tavares had a successful spell with Marseille, while Hudson-Odoi struggled to impress with Bayer Leverkusen.

The latter was expected to be the next big thing at Stamford Bridge and drew comparisons with Bukayo Saka, who has gone on to become a huge player for Arsenal and England.

Hudson-Odoi has fallen way down the pecking order over the last 12 months with co-owner Todd Boehly signing several attacking players.

And after a disappointing season in Germany, now is the time to sell.

Forest have been linked with the 22-year-old for a number of weeks now and look poised to get him through the door on Friday.

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One journalist to report a permanent move to the City Ground is Fabrizio Romano.

Romano said “here we go” for the transfer in the early hours of Friday morning.

He wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Callum Hudson-Odoi to Nottingham Forest, here we go! Deal finally sealed with Chelsea after verbal agreement revealed two days ago.

“Medical tests booked early morning then CHO will sign in as new Forest player.”

The Italian transfer expert later added that Hudson-Odoi will undergo his Forest medical on Friday morning with documents now “ready” to be signed.

Romano has also been hot on the deal between Arsenal and Forest for Tavares.

On Friday morning, he reported that all the contracts have been signed with the Portugal Under-21 defender expected to join on loan for 2023/24.

The City Ground club will pay a £1million loan fee with a £12m plus £3m in add-ons buy option included. It is added that the option “could become mandatory if certain conditions are met”.

Tavares scored six goals in 31 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille last season.

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