According to Swedish news outlet Expressen, Nottingham Forest are close to the capture of Malmo midfielder Fouad Bachirou.
The 30-year-old is set to check-in at the City Ground for a fee in the region of £600,000 and he could be a Reds player by the end of the week.
So who is Bachirou and what do Forest fans need to know about him? Here is a look at five facts about the midfielder:
- He’s a midfielder, a diminutive one at that. Although he operates as a holding player, it’s thought his ball retention is very good.
- Bachirou isn’t a stranger to Britain. He played 141 times for Greenock Morton earlier in his career before moving to Sweden.
- He’s an international too. Bachirou has played 18 times for Comoros, making his debut against Burkina Faso in 2014.
- The midfielder helped Malmo top a Europa League group featuring Dynamo Kiev, FC Copenhagen and FC Lugano last season.
- He classes former Chelsea star Claude Makelele as one of his inspirations in life, having trained with the midfielder at PSG (BBC).
What they say about him
Well, the Nordic Football Pod know their onions when it comes to football in Scandinavia and they think Bachirou might do alright.
They cite him as being tenacious, hard-working and intelligent in midfield.
📊 What will he offer #nffc?
Put simply, a tenacious, hard-working + intelligent presence in the centre of midfield.
His 🔑 stats this season:
➡️ Top 15 in the league for passes per game (55 p90 / 84.6% accuracy)
➡️ 4th best player in the league for recoveries (11.7 per 90) pic.twitter.com/DMePnqwzm8
— Nordic Football Pod (@nordicfootpod) August 24, 2020
Current Brighton manager Graham Potter is clearly a big fan and he was the man who took him to Ostersund in Sweden.
There he made 104 appearances and Potter was linked with a move to take him to Swansea when he got that job in 2018.
As with any foreign import, the jury will be out and the proof over his impact will be based on performances.
Bachirou seems like a determined player, however, and he could prove a quality addition in Forest’s midfield.
Ben Watson looks likely to leave, whilst Alfa Semedo (Benfica) and John Bostock (Toulouse) have returned to their parent clubs.
Jack Colback has been added and Ryan Yates and Samba Sow are also in place at the City Ground.
Injury worries over Sow remain though, whilst Yates, although enthusiastic, is still learning his trade in the Championship.
With that in mind, Bachirou might just become a decent acquisition on the cheap for Forest.