Arsenal academy graduate Jordi Osei-Tutu is set to join Championship side Nottingham Forest on loan.
According to the Nottingham Post, the 22-year-old right-back will join up with Chris Hughton’s side for the Football League season.
Osei-Tutu spent last campaign with Cardiff City. However, the defender made just nine appearances for the Welsh side.
For both Cardiff and his previous loan spell with VfL Bochum, injuries have plagued Osei-Tutu’s first-team career since leaping up from youth football. The youngster is yet to make a senior appearance for Arsenal.
It was likely that Osei-Tutu would leave Arsenal this summer for good. However, according to Transfermarkt, the defender has an extra two years remaining on his current contract with the Gunners.
Indeed, despite injury problems, Osei-Tutu is highly rated at London Colney as well as by coaches who managed him whilst out on loan.
Speaking to the club’s official Twitter account, Bochum manager Thomas Reis lauded Osei-Tutu’s quality whilst on loan with the German club.
The former Bundesliga midfielder said: “Jordi Osei-Tutu is a great lad.
“He has lots of quality and is very dynamic. But he needs a bit more time. I think we have to work with him a bit more on the defensive side of the ball.”
Insider View: Arsenal should cash in on Osei-Tutu
With zero first-team appearances for Arsenal at age 22, it would be a good prediction to say that Osei-Tutu does not have much of a future at the Emirates.
The right-back position is stacked and Mikel Arteta currently looking to add to the area. Osei-Tutu would find it difficult to break into the Basque manager’s plans barring a Herculean loan spell with Forest.
Indeed, with Arsenal needing to sell this summer, the club could benefit from selling Osei-Tutu on a permanent deal rather than a loan move, even if the fee is around £1m or £2m.