Renan Lodi to become Nottingham Forest’s 18th summer signing

Nottingham Forest are set to make the 18th signing of a hectic summer with the capture of Renan Lodi, the Atletico Madrid defender.

Lodi will become the latest addition to Steve Cooper’s squad after passing a medical on Saturday ahead of a loan move for the season.

The Brazilian left-back scored the winning goal against Manchester United in the Champions League last season and is joining Forest as Cooper looks for squad depth in the position after a pre-season injury to Omar Richards, the £8.5m signing from Bayern Munich.

Lodi will provide competition for summer recruit Harry Toffolo and the versatile Jack Colback, with Forest looking for at least two players for selection in all positions.

Forest could bring in a further two or three new signings before Thursday’s deadline with Cooper reiterating the need to sign players after many departed following their promotion to the Premier League.

Ahead of Sunday’s home game against Tottenham, Cooper said: “We’re in the toughest league in the world and we’ve felt that already.

“After the first few games it’s been even more important to recognise that we need to give ourselves the best chance to compete every week.

“To do that, you need a good team and a big squad, there’s no doubt about that.

“We want to be able to compete and if I’m being honest, I’d like us to sign even more players before the window is closed.”

Cooper’s overhauled squad will get the biggest test of their Premier League return yet when Spurs visit the City Ground.

Antonio Conte has transformed the London club since taking over last season and they will be eyeing a Premier League title challenge this campaign.

Cooper said: “It is a huge challenge, there is no doubt about that. The coach they have, the players they have, they are a very dangerous opponent in a number of ways, both with and without the ball.

“But this is why we wanted to get into the Premier League, this is why we want to be part of it, to play these games. We are under no illusions that it is going to be a really tough game, but we are not scared, we are going to give it a go.

“It’s at home and we want to make the City Ground a really difficult place to play and that will be no different.”

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