Champions League outfit Atalanta are in talks to sign former Nottingham Forest youngster Anel Ahmedhodzic, according to Sport Bladet.

The 21-year-old left the City Ground in 2019 to head back to his homeland with Swedish giants Malmo.

There he has set about becoming one of Europe’s finest prospects and during the summer transfer window drew interest from Chelsea.

Malmo FF v VfL Wolfsburg - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg
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Ahmedhodzic has played 39 times for Malmo but now looks set to head to Italy this month.


The article claims that Atalanta are set to part with around £4 million to secure the services of the uncompromising defender.

Milan were comfortably beaten by Atalanta this weekend, with the club sat fifth in the Serie A table.

They also have a round of 16 contest against Real Madrid to look forward to in February.

Ahmedhodzic was thought to be unhappy in England. With the pathway to first-team football seemingly blocked, he opted for a return back home.

He played just six minutes of first-team football for Forest, coming on as a late substitute during a 3-1 defeat to Newcastle in 2016.

The man with two Bosnia caps was a frequent performer in the under-23 ranks and it was anticipated he’d feature more for the first-team.

Could Forest rue their decision over Ahmedhodzic?

They might do but the departure was pretty much out of their hands.

The youngster was missing his home nation and took the plunge to return back home.

Now older and more mature he clearly feels that a move to Italy is one that he can adapt to.

Supporters won’t be happy that it looks very much as though Forest have missed a trick but not every academy player will work out.

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Some will slip through the net and in some cases, where foreign players are concerned, they will miss home and seek a return.

Forest had Joe Worrall emerging at a similar time and clearly the Reds fancied him as a player with more first-team potential.

Ahmedhodzic looks to have a bright future at 21. It’ll now be interesting to see how he gets on in the Italian top-flight.

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