Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of Brazilian midfielder Gustavo Scarpa on a free transfer.
The 28-year-old will be joining the Premier League outfit in January after his contract with Brazilian side Palmeiras ends at the turn of the year.
Scarpa, who is Forest’s 23rd signing of the season will bring in attacking venom to the newly promoted side as they look to steer clear of the relegation zone come in May.
Forest are currently 18th in the Premier League, a point from safety behind Everton.
Scarpa scored 37 goals in 211 appearances for Palmeiras and helped them finish 11th in the league winning the golden ball award.
The attacking midfielder has played once for the Brazilian national team back in 2017, said, “I’m very happy to be here – it’s a dream for me. It’s a new challenge and I can’t wait for it to begin.”
“It’s always been an ambition since I was a little kid to play in Europe, and my dream is to play in the Premier League.
I’m a technical player but also I’ve developed my game defensively over the past couple of seasons. I’m very dedicated, hard-working and I’m excited to get started now.”
The new signing seems to already enjoy life in England and was spotted skateboarding around Nottingham town center over the weekend. He tried his best not to ride into shoppers while also showing off some neat footwork with a few kick-flips.
The Brazilian will be a part of the Forest’s squad who travel to Athens for a six-day training camp next week.
Steve Cooper’s side will play against Greek sides Atromitos and Olympiacos in a bid to keep the players match fit as the league is set to resume after the World Cup ends in Qatar.
Forest have struggled to hit the back of the net this season and despite having garnered big wins against Liverpool and West Ham, Cooper’s side needs goals up front and thus Scarpa’s acquisition seems the need of the hour.
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