Nottingham Forest‘s hope of securing the signing of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar this summer have been dealt a blow following a fresh transfer update.
The Lowdown: Aouar linked with Forest
Of all the players who the Reds have been linked with signing in the summer transfer window, the 24-year-old is arguably the most exciting, given his reputation among some of the world’s most successful coaches.
Sadly, it now looks as though Forest’s chances of signing Aouar are decreasing, with an update suggesting that an agreement is far from happening, albeit not yet dead in the water.
The Latest: Offer ‘simply unacceptable’
However, it is added that talks have ‘not completely broken down’, giving the Reds some hope of still getting their man.
The Verdict: Time to move on?
Forest signing Aouar would arguably feel like one of their most audacious pieces of transfer business in years, with the Lyon wizard someone who could provide genuine magic in the middle of the park.
His ability to open up defences and dictate midfield battles could give Steve Cooper’s side the edge in tight Premier League matches, helping them pull clear of the relegation zone.
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Compared with positional peers in Europe’s top five leagues over the last 12 months (as per FBRef), Aouar ranks in the top 6% for passes into the final third, top 18% for progressive passes and top 11% for tackles in the middle third.
Alas, it may be time to look at a different option given this latest update, unless Forest are willing to stump up significantly more money for Aouar’s services.
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