Coventry City target snubs sky blues to sign for premier league rivals

CoventryLive’s story on a reported transfer target confirming their move to a Premier League rival team through Olympiacos

Following the announcement that Red Star Belgrade midfielder Marko Stamenic has signed a contract with Nottingham Forest, Coventry City’s rumoured pursuit of him has been confirmed.

The 22-year-old international from New Zealand has signed a five-year contract with the Premier League team, but he will be loaned out to Olympiacos, the Greek team owned by the Reds, for the 2024–2025 season.

According to Serbian media, the Sky Blues have already finalized an agreement to sign Stamenić, which is reportedly for a four-year contract worth £4.2 million, with a 10% sell-on fee for the player’s current team.

With 35 appearances for Red Star in the previous season, including four in the UEFA Champions League, Stamenić was a key player in the team’s victories in both the Serbian SuperLiga and Serbian Cup.

Stamenić, a 15-time New Zealand international, made his debut in September 2021 against Curaçao and scored his first goal in an international match against Qatar in June of the same year.
Coventry City are keeping quiet on reports of having signed Red Star Belgrade's Marko Stamenic, pictured here playing against Jean-Pierre Nsame of Young Boys (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group Stage match last November

“Nottingham Forest is delighted to announce it has agreed a deal to sign Marko Stamenić from Red Star Belgrade,” the official Forest website stated.

The 22-year-old, who signed a five-year contract with the team, will play on loan at Olympiacos for the 2024–2025 season.

Arriving with experience, Stamenić played for Red Star and Copenhagen in Serbia’s top divisions.

“The midfielder, who moved to Belgrade, made 23 senior appearances for Copenhagen and won the Danish Cup in his last season there.”

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