The lowdown: Wanted man
After growing speculation linked Forest to Aouar, a fresh claim has emerged suggesting that a move could finally be on the cards…
The latest: ‘Really close…’
He stated: “Houssem Aouar is really close to becoming a new NottinghamForest player. Agreement already reached with OL, just the final details to be discussed with the player’s entourage. Developments are expected very soon.”
The verdict: Huge statement
Whilst much of the already finalised transfer business conducted this summer should be heralded, as should the ongoing pursuit of Neal Maupay, singing a player as coveted as Aouar would top the lot from the City Ground hierarchy.
Last season, the cultured Frenchman – who ‘oozes class’ according to The Athletic Soccer podcast host Jack Collins – scored six times and provided four assists in 36 Ligue 1 outings, earning a 6.90 Sofascore rating whilst winning 4.5 duels, successfully completing 1.9 dribbles and making 1.1 key passes on average per game.
Holding an estimated market value of £22.5million and in the final 12 months of a deal in France (Transfermarkt), this is a deal that shouldn’t cost the Earth for the Reds as the Forest wage budget should also be able to accommodate a small pay-rise on Aouar’s current £62,000-a-week salary.
Sharing a stylistic likeness with renowned stars such as Luis Diaz, Leroy Sane and Raphinha (FBref), adding the ready-made star to Steve Cooper’s ranks should have an instant impact on the side moving forwards.
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