Nottingham Forest are weighing up a potential summer move for free agent Cheikhou Kouyate this summer, according to journalist Santi Aouna.
The Lowdown: Forest still looking for midfielder
Steve Cooper has enjoyed a highly productive summer in the transfer market, bringing in lots of exciting new faces following their return to the Premier League.
Saturday’s 2-0 defeat away to Newcastle United was proof that it isn’t going to be easy for Forest to stay up this season, however, and a new central midfielder remains a priority as the club chase a deal for Morgan Gibbs-White.
Now, a fresh update suggests that the Reds may have more than one central midfield player on their shortlist…
The Latest: Kouyate linked with move
It is stated that ‘following the failure in the Gueye dossier, Nottingham Forest could look into Cheikhou Kouyate’, although ‘Turkish clubs are also interested’.
The Verdict: Still a force?
In truth, Kouyate doesn’t feel as exciting an option as some past midfielder targets – at 32, he arguably isn’t the player he was and there would be concern that he wouldn’t be able to offer his past energy and dominance in the middle of the park.
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That being said, Kouyate possesses huge experience, including 258 Premier League appearances and 82 caps for Senegal, so he could be a good foil for younger figures around him.
Patrick Vieira hailed the 6 foot 2 ace for the way he ‘wins so many balls’ during his time at Palace, and his destructive tendencies in the middle could actually partner up well with a more creative signing like Gibbs-White – he’s won a whopping 554 tackles during his career in England’s top flight.
The 2022 Africa Cup of Nations winner wouldn’t necessarily come in as a key starter every week but he could be a strong squad player – the fact that he would arrive on a free transfer would make it less of a gamble, too.
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