Leeds United look set to win the race to sign Nottingham Forest transfer target Jean-Kevin Augustin, according to French publication L’Equipe.
The 22-year-old is thought to be due at Leeds for a medical on Monday and should join on loan from RB Leipzig.
Forest’s interest had been reported last week by Foot Mercato, although it’s not really sure whether anything had been concrete.
The Reds are desperate to bolster their squad with a centre forward this month.
Lewis Grabban is the only senior striker at the club and although he has 16 goals this season, there is nothing in the way of competition.
Rafa Mir was on loan from Wolves during the first half of the campaign but has now gone elsewhere. Tyler Walker is on loan at Lincoln City where he is likely to stay until the end of the season.
Although the need for a striker is evident, missing out on Augustin might not be a bad thing.
The youngster has clear potential and Leeds’ move for the forward will only be a short-term one.
He is rated highly by Leipzig and they turned down a £15 million bid from Crystal Palace during the summer (Sky Sports).
Augustin has been at Monaco for the first half of 2019/20, scoring just one goal and registering two assists.
Had Augustin been playing anything like his potential suggests, Leeds or Forest wouldn’t have been given a sniff of signing him.
First-team football has been hard to come by for the Frenchman but the Reds might still have dodged a bullet by missing out on the Leipzig player.
He isn’t going to oust Grabban and playing second fiddle is hardly going to get him back into form.
Augustin does have the attributes that suggest he could make things work in the Championship but there is no guarantee.
Forest will have a list of targets to act as competition for Grabban but Augustin might not have been the wisest choice.
The former under-21 international won’t come cheap in the way of wages and Forest don’t really need to be breaking the bank.
Lots could still happen between now and the Friday deadline.
Boss Sabri Lamouchi might wait until the very last moment to try and get a tried and tested option through the door.
That might prove wiser in the long-run than a short-term fix in Augustin.