Having already secured the services of Tiago Silva, Alfa Semedo, Yuri Ribeiro, Sammy Ameobi and Arijanet Muric this summer, Nottingham Forest may be about to swoop for Bordeaux midfielder Younousse Sankhare.
According to France Football, the Reds are reportedly interested in signing the 29-year-old from the Ligue 1 side who has been told to find a new club by manager Paulo Sousa.
Despite making 33 appearances in all competitions for Bordeaux last season, he only featured in one of the club’s final eight performances as Toma Basic and Otavio Henrique Santos overtook him in the pecking order (via Transfermarkt).
Considering that Sabri Lamouchi already has the likes of Semedo, Silva, Claudio Yacob and Adlene Guedioura at his disposal in midfield, it could be argued that he may not need to bring in Sankhare.
Furthermore, when you factor in that the £4.5m-rated ace (via Transfermarkt) has never played outside of France during his career, there is no guarantee that he will be able to adapt to the pace and the power that the Championship is famed for.
Although Sankhare has been made surplus to requirements by Sousa, the fact that his current deal with Bordeaux doesn’t expire until 2021 (via Transfermarkt) means he could still demand a considerable fee, especially with Olympiakos also in the fray to sign him.
Therefore, to bring him in, Lamouchi could be forced to pay over the odds which would unquestionably be a risk.
Instead of focusing on Sankhare, the Forest boss could benefit more in the long-run from signing players who have a proven track-record of delivering the goods at Championship level.
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