The Lowdown: Ajorque impresses in France
The 28-year-old has made a name for himself at Strasbourg, putting his towering 6 foot 6 frame to good use and providing consistent end product in the final third.
Ajorque scored 12 goals and chipped in with eight assists in Ligue 1 last season, also winning an impressive average of 3.5 aerial duels per match in the competition.
Known for his heading ability, fans may remember the ‘exquisite‘ one he scored in a dramatic 4-2 defeat against PSG last season, for which the BT Sport commentator praised his ‘brilliant‘ movement and finishing.
It looks as though a summer move to the Premier League could be on the cards, however, following a fresh update.
The Latest: Forest scouting trip
Taking to Sky Sports on Monday night, reporter Kaveh Solhekol confirmed Forest’s trip to see Ajorque, although other clubs are also interested:
“A player who we could be hearing a lot more from in the next couple of weeks played against Liverpool for Strasbourg at the weekend.
“He’s a striker called Ludovic Ajorque, 6ft 6in striker with a very good scoring record for them, is available for £18m.
“I’m told the clubs that watched him yesterday were Wolves, Everton, Leicester, West Ham, Fulham, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Newcastle. He’s someone we might be hearing a lot more from.”
The Verdict: Is he needed?
While Ajorque’s pedigree speaks for itself – he’s been labelled ‘deadly‘ by GFFN – Forest have already done a huge amount of business this summer and it could be argued that another attacker isn’t required.
Should Forest sign Cornet?
Strong squad depth should never be sniffed at but the Strasbourg man would surely be expecting to be a regular starter – something that could be difficult with the likes of Brennan Johnson and Taiwo Awoniyi already at Steve Cooper’s disposal up front.
The fact that Forest would likely have to stump up £18million also makes it a move potentially not worth risking – even though bringing him in certainly wouldn’t be a negative, it doesn’t feel essential.
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