Nottingham Forest are in talks with Borussia Dortmund over a loan deal for midfielder Giovanni Reyna.
Giovanni Reyna, 21, has been with Borussia Dortmund since 2019, but chronic injury problems and inconsistency have not allowed him to fulfil his potential at Signal Iduna Park. The USA international has not started a league game for Borussia Dortmund since being substituted at halftime in their 3-3 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt back in October. He has made 13 appearances in all competitions so far, of which just two from the start.
The arrival of Jadon Sancho on loan from Manchester United and the emergence of Jamie Bynoe-Gittens has pushed Reyna down the pecking order under manager Edin Terzic, as he has been limited to just fringe appearances since the resumption of football after the winter break in Germany.
Nottingham Forest are now reportedly looking to sign Reyna on an initial loan with an option to buy at the end of the season. An agreement is close, but some details still need to be sorted out.
Giovanni Reyna could be an exciting addition for Forest
Nottingham Forest have been looking exclusively for a loan deal after being charged with Profitability and Sustainability breaches by the Premier League earlier this month. Nuno Espirito Santo faces an uphill task of helping Forest maintain its top-flight status. His job seems to have only gotten bigger following recent injuries to Anthony Elanga and Morgan Gibbs-White.
Elanga and Gibbs-White—two of Forest’s best players this season—have joined Taiwo Awoniyi on the treatment table, leaving Nuno with a shortage of options in attack. Consequently, the Tricky Trees are pushing to get a deal done for Giovanni Reyna before next week’s transfer deadline.
Having been deemed surplus to requirements to Edin Terzic at Dortmund, Reyna is now seeking regular game time ahead of a crucial year for the USA national team. Gregg Berhalter’s USA side have two major tournaments in the next three years, starting with hosting the 2024 Copa America this summer and the 2026 World Cup.
While Reyna’s stock has tumbled in the last couple of years, he is still highly rated around Europe and has a bright future ahead of him. He is only 21 but needs to stay fit and play more often to get his career back on track.
Joining Forest could be the ideal move for the USA international during the second half of the season as it will allow him to get minutes in his tank and put himself in contention for a place in Gregg Berhalter’s USA side for the Copa America. The creative midfielder would get to compete at a high level in the Premier League and help Forest secure their Premier League status.
As for Forest, they could benefit hugely from Reyna’s versatility, dynamism and creativity. If he impresses and helps the Tricky Trees stay in the Premier League, the Midlands club could turn the attacking midfielder’s loan deal into a permanent move in the summer.
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