Toronto FC made a move to bolster its roster by concluding a deal to reassign fullback Richie Laryea.
The Toronto native, 27, played for TFC for three seasons before being traded to Nottingham Forest in January.
He was unable to break into a Nottingham Forest side during their winning streak under manager Steve Cooper, who guided the team to promotion, therefore he saw little action in England’s second division.
Richie Laryea is leaving Nottingham Forest and will soon be joining Toronto FC in his home country of Canada.
Even with the replacement of many loanees, Nottingham Forest’s summer spending binge was always going to force some players from the City Ground.
Since joining the Reds in January, the Canadian international has struggled to get playing time; with his nation’s first World Cup appearance since 1986 approaching, Laryea is about to leave the Reds to gain game time.
After moving to Forest from Toronto in January, Laryea, 27, only made five appearances because he was forced to be second fiddle to Djed Spence who was in excellent form.
Laryea is a consistent starter for Canada despite his problems thus far at Nottingham Forest, and he will be keen to hold onto his spot before the World Cup championships in Qatar this winter.
Laryea’s aim is clear, he wants to play in the forthcoming World Cup and is ready to sacrifice anything to secure his spot on the Canadian team ahead of the tournament.
Laryea might play on Saturday against Nashville, according to the Canadian broadcaster TSN.
Brice Samba, Tobias Figueiredo, Xande Silva, and Jayden Richardson, among others, have just left Nottingham Forest, while Ethan Horvath, Tyrese Fornah, and Jonathan Panzo have been loaned out.
Recall that Richie Laryea left Toronto FC for Nottingham Forest in January, and the club paid almost $1 million (£820,000) to get him.
Nottingham Forest’s first-choice right-back or right-wing-back, Djed Spence, has firmly established himself, but Laryea was added as backup and competition.
With Toronto and even Orlando City in Major League Soccer, the 27-year-old has made an impression, but things haven’t worked out at Nottingham Forest.
Laryea played just 117 Championship games and made just one start for Nottingham Forest last season.
Laryea was always going to go on loan because Neco Williams was signed and Giulian Biancone could fill in as a right wing-back if necessary.
According to recent sources from the Toronto Sun, a deal to bring Laryea back to Canada is imminent.
Laryea is expected to make a fairly quick return to his old team as a result of an impending agreement.
Laryea won’t get the playing time he needs with Forest, therefore it makes sense for everyone involved if he goes on loan to another team.
The Canadian player appears to be moving forward with a loan, but Forest may intend to part ways with him permanently in 2023 if he fails to make an impact.