Prospective new Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis is understood to have met with representatives of the English Football League as his takeover of the club nears completion according to the Nottingham Post.

The Greek shipowner and Olympiacos president is on the verge of completing a takeover deal for the Sky Bet Championship club which will see current Reds owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi end his five-year involvement at The City Ground.

Marinakis’ takeover deal for the club is awaiting English Football League approval with the 49-year-old Piraeus born multi-millionaire having to pass the league governing body’s fit and proper person’s test. It has now been reported that Marinakis has met with the English Football League in an attempt to iron out any final concerns and it is hoped that Forest are just days away from beginning their new era.

While Marinakis’ initial attempt to purchase a majority stake in Nottingham Forest last summer failed there are no such concerns this time around and the founder and chairman of Capital Maritime & Trading Corp has already discussed summer recruitment plans with Reds manager Mark Warburton.

The Forest squad is in need of fresh blood after a hugely disappointing campaign which almost saw the club relegated to Sky Bet League One.

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