Nottingham Forest have joined the race to sign Senegalese striker Mbaye Diagne from Galatasaray this summer.
According to Fotomac (via Sport Witness), the Reds are keen on snapping up the 28-year-old and have joined Premier League side Watford in eyeing up a potential move in the next window. The Turkish outfit are reportedly looking for bids in the area of £5m for Diagne’s signature.
Should Forest sign Mbaye Diagne this summer?
Galatasaray signed Diagne from Kasimpasa in January 2019 for €13m (£11.6m) but loaned him out in September to Club Brugge. His performance in the Super Lig in the 2018/19 campaign saw him score an incredible 30 goals in 29 appearances between two different clubs (via Transfermarkt).
The 28-year-old’s time in Belgium has been less prolific but still shows his goalscoring ability. Diagne has four goals in six league appearances with Club Brugge this term.
Sabri Lamouchi is reportedly a ‘big fan’ of the striker and would like to see him make the move to the City Ground.
Despite Watford also being in the running for Diagne, Forest could be the more favourable club. The Reds are currently fifth in the Championship and, as it stands, will qualify for a place in this season’s play-offs. After an impressive run, Lamouchi’s side have a good chance of securing Premier League football and could stay in the top flight thereafter.
The Hornets have desperately struggled this campaign and could potentially be in relegation trouble, depending on how the Premier League season is decided.
With Lamouchi being especially fond of Diagne, the club should push for the deal, especially for a fee as minimal as £5m. The striker’s clinical nature will help bolster Forest’s attack and bring a whole new dynamic to the way they cut open the opposition’s defence. His international experience will also add another level of professionalism and experience to the squad.
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