Former Nottingham Forest talent Anel Ahmedhodzic has confirmed that he’s held talks with Napoli and Atalanta, according to Football Italia.

The Malmo ace played against Helsinki in a Champions League qualifier last night. The Swedish outfit won the game 2-1 and the winners after next week’s second leg will play Rangers.

Whether the ex-Forest academy star will be there by then remains to be seen. He claims that he’s ‘ready for the next step’, with the defender seemingly willing to move on.

Malmo FF v VfL Wolfsburg - UEFA Europa League Round of 32: Second Leg
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Ahmedhodzic has grown as a player since leaving the City Ground. His first-team career on Trentside saw him play just six minutes during a 3-1 defeat to Newcastle in 2016.

The centre-back held a desire to return to his Swedish roots and he’s kicked on at Malmo. He has made 58 appearances for the senior ranks, scoring three goals.

His performances have been so good that now he has two of Serie A’s biggest clubs vying for his sought-after signature.

The 22-year-old was named Best Defender in the Allsvenskan last season as Malmo romped to the league title again.

 

Now, his future seems unclear and a move to Italy looks to be firmly on the cards for the youngster.

Future star: Ahmedhodzic set for big move after Forest exit

This deal could be a tough one for the Reds to take, given that it was the player who held a desire to return to Sweden.

Nonetheless, it’s another nod of the cap towards Forest’s academy where graduates are now starting to pop up far and wide.

Anel Ahmedhodzic
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It has previously been claimed that the player is valued at £10 million by Malmo. On the back of that, it will be interesting to see if Forest has a sell-on clause at all.

Both Atalanta and Napoli will provide decent propositions for the centre-back. Atalanta will, however, be able to offer Champions League action for the 22-year-old.

The world looks to be the oyster for Ahmedhodzic and a move to Italy doesn’t seem to be too far away.

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