Nottingham Forest are interested in securing the summer signing of Chambly defender Oumar Gonzalez, according to France Football.
The 22-year-old played 21 games in Ligue 2 last season but looks set to leave the club ahead of the 2020/21 campaign.
A Cameroonian centre-back, Gonzalez is comfortable in possession and extremely strong in the tackle.
Forest are currently fifth in the Championship and look on course for a place in the play-offs.
Last summer the Reds utilised the European market with aplomb; signing Brice Samba, Samba Sow, Tiago Silva and Yuri Ribeiro from club’s on the continent.
Given this latest link, it would appear the club’s recruitment team are still going to be looking for bargains ahead of next season.
Gonzalez would add competition to the defensive ranks alongside Tobias Figueiredo, Joe Worrall and Michael Dawson who have all played a part this season.
It is thought that Forest have made a bid of £626,000 to the French second-tier side in an attempt to get their man.
The uncompromising defender has spent time on loan with Rodez, Villefranche and Epinal in France, making him no strange to men’s football.
Joining Forest would undoubtedly be a step up but he might prove to be exactly the sort of backup needed by Sabri Lamouchi.
Gonzalez is unlikely to force Worrall or Figueiredo out of the team immediately but he could eventually have a similar impact to that of Samba or Sow.
Forest proved last summer that large sums aren’t always required in order to attract decent players.
One thing the Reds will need to do is avoid a repeat of the January transfer window where Forest failed to add any real quality.
Nuno Da Costa is taking some time to find his feet, whilst Adama Diakhaby has looked badly short of confidence.
Gonzales would be another unknown quantity but the Reds don’t really need to fork out millions for a backup centre-back.
If signing him on the cheap allows Forest to spend bigger sums on more important areas of the team, that will surely delight supporters.