Huddersfield Town winger Adama Diakhaby is understood to be close to joining Nottingham Forest on loan for the rest of the season, according to Sky Sports.
The 23-year-old winger could become Sabri Lamouchi’s first addition in January.
Forest. Trying for Diakhaby at Huddersfield on loan. Quick. Unpredictable. Wide. French side Amiens also in. Bonne chance.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) January 18, 2020
Diakhaby has made 18 appearances this season but has struggled to get himself into the starting line-up since Danny Cowley’s arrival and is looking for a fresh start.
The 23-year-old has the ability to play on either wing or as a central attacking midfielder. He is blessed with a lot of pace, especially considering he is over six foot tall.
And, in an interview with BBC Radio Nottingham earlier today, Sabri Lamouchi refused to confirm that the winger is under consideration. But, tellingly, he did little to suggest that a deal wasn’t close to being completed either.
When asked whether Diakhaby was close to joining, Lamouchi responded: “Ask the club.
“I know the player. He’s a great one but he’s not our player.
“I don’t know about the club because I was focussed on the game. I will chat with them but if it’s close or done, I don’t know.”
Lamouchi’s knowledge of Diakhaby will come from the very short spell they had together during his time in charge at Stade Rennais.
There’s no doubt that the Reds could do with another option in that position.
Lamouchi does have the likes of Joe Lolley, Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah at his disposal, but none of them are blessed with the ‘genuine pace’ that Diakhaby possesses.
The Reds have often been criticised for not creating enough chances. Diakhaby would go someway to help solving that issue, especially at the City Ground.
That being said, a striker also has to remain high on the list of priorities for Forest.
There’s still around two weeks left in the transfer window for the Reds to find some competition for Lewis Grabban.
Signing Diakhaby wouldn’t be a bad start to their business this month though.