Sky Sports reports that former Olympiakos and Greece international goalkeeper Stefanos Kapino is poised to join Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest on a free transfer. Kapino, aged 23, is currently in Nottingham prior to having a medical before a likely deal goes through.

Nottingham Forest are owned by Evangelos Marinakis, who is also the owner at Olympiakos too. The player is able to make the move outside of the transfer window as he is now a free agent, having recently seen his contract terminated following the January transfer deadline.

Kapino, who has nine caps for the senior Greek national team, is therefore set to challenge Costel Pantilimon, who recently signed on loan from Watford, for the number one spot at the City Ground under Aitor Karanka. Jordan Smith has been first-choice for most of the campaign, but is now set to drop down to third in the pecking order under the Spaniard.

The goalkeeper, who turns 24 next month, has not played a club game since September 24th, when Olympiacos suffered a 3-2 away defeat to arch rivals AEK Athens away from home, a match where Olympiacos had a 2-0 down before Petros Mantalos netted an 89th minute winner.

The player began his professional career at Panathinaikos, where he spent a few seasons before the transition into German football with Mainz. After a handful of appearances, he returned to Greece with Olympiakos in 2015, before moving on officially very recently. It remains to be seen if Karanka has signed him up to be the first-choice goalkeeper, but Romanian international Pantilimon now have even more competition to keep the gloves in the remainder of the campaign.

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