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Nottingham Forest sign Sporting’s Ribeiro on loan despite Premier League charge

Nottingham Forest remained active in the transfer market with a deadline-day loan signing of teenage forward Rodrigo Ribeiro from Sporting Lisbon despite the threat of a Premier League charge.

The 18-year-old has joined on loan until the end of the season in a deal which Forest said Thursday could become permanent.  

Ribeiro came through Sporting’s youth set-up and made his senior debut for the Portuguese giants as a late substitute in a Champions League tie against Manchester City in March 2022.

Earlier this month, Forest and Everton were charged with breaching the Premier League’s profit and sustainability rules, which are designed to ensure the sound financial management of England’s top-flight clubs.

The alleged breaches relate to the 2022/23 season and could carry a points penalty as punishment.

Forest are just two points above the bottom three — Everton are already in the relegation zone — and a deduction could be a hammer blow to their hopes of avoiding the drop.

Since being promoted to the Premier League in 2022, two-time European champions Forest have spent over £150 million ($189 million, 175 million euros) on more than 40 players.

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