The former Fulham and Reading player was selected yesterday for Nottingham Forest’s 25-man Premier League roster as the defender’s return to fitness approaches.
Omar Richards, a left-back for Bayern Munich, was reportedly not subject to a buy-back option when he was acquired by Nottingham Forest this summer.
The former England under-21 international signed a four-year contract at the City Ground in July after spending just one season with the defending Bundesliga winners for a transfer price in the neighbourhood of £7 million. Additionally, additions can push that total amount even closer to the £10 million threshold.
Just a few weeks after joining the team, Richards suffered a hairline fracture in his leg during preseason practise. He has been sidelined ever since.
The 24-year-old has thus yet to play for Forest; instead, fellow summer arrivals Harry Toffolo and, more lately, Renan Lodi, have lined up on the left side.
But the Reds seem secure in the knowledge that, should the newcomer acquire form and become fit, they would be able to keep him on their terms.
According to Christian Falk of BILD, the assertion that Bayern has the option to acquire the player back is false.
For example, Chris Richards, whose name is also that of a former teammate, joined Crystal Palace during the summer transfer window and for whom his old team does have a buy-back option, is not in that situation.
The immediate goal for head coach Steve Cooper will be to get his player, Richards, back to full strength so that he can play in the Premier League.