Fenerbahce are considering making a move for Nottingham Forest central defender Yohan Benalouane, according to Fanatik (via Sport Witness).
The Tunisian is said to be a target for the club alongside Marseille defender Adil Rami, with Fenerbahce closely following the situation surrounding Benalouane.
The 32-year-old joined Forest in January from Premier League side Leicester City and made 14 appearances last season.
The Tunisia international has been absent from the club’s first two games of the season due to suspension, however, could yet be an important part of manager Sabri Lamouchi’s plans should he stay.
Links with Benalouane leaving are quite worrying especially after the season the 32-year-old had with the Championship club last season. The defender was a stalwart in Forest’s defence and made the most interceptions and the third-most clearances per game (via WhoScored).
Last season Forest enjoyed a better record from when the defender joined the club than before he had joined. The Reds conceded 31 goals before Benalouane joined the club, compared to just 23 goals following his arrival.
As well as the statistics, Benalouane has the experience of winning the Premier League with Leicester City in the 2015/2016 season. Considering that and the above, it will be tough to replace what the Tunisian brings to the table.
Given the high ambitions of Nottingham Forest and Lamouchi of wanting to get promoted, keeping Benalouane is a must as his experience and ability show he can be the perfect man to spearhead the club’s promotion charge.
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