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Nottingham Forest: Reds eyeing Yusuf Yazici

Nottingham Forest: Reds eyeing Yusuf Yazici -Nottingham Forest News

Nottingham Forest are reportedly interested in signing Lille midfielder Yusuf Yazici, according to Turkish outlet Sabah.

The lowdown: Career so far

A product of the youth system at his hometown club Trabzonspor, Yazici made the switch to Lille in 2019 and was sent out on loan to CSKA Moscow in January.

The 25-year-old has directly contributed to 79 goals in 201 career outings, was the Europa League’s top scorer in 2020/21 and was part of the Lille side which lifted the Ligue 1 title in that season.

Now set to return to France following his temporary spell in Russia, Yazici is facing an uncertain future at his parent club, and Forest could be looking to benefit…

The latest: Forest interested in Yazici

As per Sabah, Nottingham Forest and fellow promoted Premier League hopefuls Fulham are both keen on signing the 39-cap Turkey international this summer.

It’s claimed that the Reds ‘aspire’ to make Yazici part of the City Ground ranks and are already in ‘negotiations’ over a deal as Steve Cooper looks to bolster the attacking options at his disposal.

The report added that Lille ‘will look warmly to the offers’ forthcoming for the man who was described as ‘absolute class’ by football analyst Mahith Gamage.

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The verdict: Make it happen

Capable of operating as a striker, number 10, conventional central midfielder and in various wide positions, signing the supremely versatile Turkish sensation would be a sensational coup for the Forest hierarchy to add to the already impressive business completed during the summer.

Last season, Yazici – who shares similar stylistic traits with the likes of current Premier League stars Lucas Moura, Emi Buendia and Martin Odegaard (FBRef) – scored nine times and provided three assists in 34 appearances across all competitions, earning a superb 7.53 Sofascore rating whilst on loan in the Russian top flight.

With the 25-year-old valued at £15.3m and under contract until 2024 (Transfermarkt), Forest should push to land the gifted attacker ahead of their domestic rivals, particularly given the dearth of midfield options current at Cooper’s disposal.


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