Fouad Bachirou is set to leave Nottingham Forest to sign for Cypriot outfit Omonia Nicosia, according to 24 Sports.

Since checking in from Malmo last summer, the rarely seen midfielder has endured a turbulent spell at the City Ground.

Bachirou was deemed as the heir to Ben Watson’s throne by Sabri Lamouchi. He was injured in the very first game he played and never recovered to take on such a mantle.

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The Comoros international managed just 167 minutes of football in total and will now head to Cyprus.


Bachirou is thought to be among the top-earning players at the City Ground. He signed having worked wonders at Malmo, helping them progress to the knockout stages of the Europa League.

He never got going in the Championship. His hamstring problem never seemed to recover and he hasn’t been training with the first team this pre-season.

Nicosia now looks like being Bachirou’s destination. That will free up some more wages for Hughton and the recruitment team to try and add some players this month.

Bachirou’s move is expected to be completed soon and will be music to the ears of Forest and their supporters.

Where did it go wrong for Bachirou at Forest?

Lamouchi leaving certainly didn’t help his case for regular football, nor did the injury he sustained in his very first game.

Bachirou didn’t do too badly when he was called upon but he didn’t look capable of playing regularly in the Championship.

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It’s perhaps harsh to judge him on his fleeting appearances but it’ll be hard to find a supporter who is too sad to see him go.

Bachirou is another example of Forest’s scattergun transfer approach of recent years and this has to start becoming a thing of the past.

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