Nottingham Forest makes tough decision over defender after huge ‘bid’

Toronto FC are pushing hard to sign Richie Laryea

Nottingham Forest have reportedly received a bid from Toronto for defender Richie Laryea.

The 28-year-old spent last season at Toronto, his former club after being limited to opportunities at the City Ground. Laryea has only made five appearances under Steve Cooper.

Richie Laryea in action for Canada
Richie Laryea in action for Canada (Image: Darko Bandic/AP/REX/Shutterstock)

His loan with the club ended earlier this month, however, and he is looking for a new challenge since returning to Trentside. The MLS side are eager to keep him.

Discussions have taken place and it is claimed that they have “tabled an offer” for Laryea, according to Canadian outlet TFC Republic. It is said that his fate currently lies in the hands of Forest.

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The defender is unlikely to be part of Cooper’s plans for the upcoming season, as Serge Aurier and Neco Williams ahead of him in the pecking order.

Toronto president Bill Manning told TSN (via Waking the Red) said earlier this month: “We’re working on it. We’re in active discussion.

“It’s not totally up to us now, he’s with another club. We’re trying to work it through with a deal that makes sense (with our salary cap). And then we have to respect Nottingham and what they want to do.

“Hopefully we can pull something off or else that’ll open up a slot that we need to make sure we (fill) with the right player because Richie is a fantastic player and a fantastic human being.”

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Staying in the division was the aspiration and the primary goal, and it was mission successful.

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