Nottingham Forest look set to complete the signing of Sparta Rotterdam midfielder Abdou Harroui. The player has also been linked with Aston Villa this summer but according to AD, the Reds have won the race.

The Eredivisie player will cost Forest around £2.5 million. He will also pen a five-year contract at the City Ground, with Forest looking to acquire the 23-year-old ahead of his best years.

It is claimed in the latest report that Forest is the player’s most likely destination. It is, however, claimed that several other parties in England are also keen to do a deal.

FC Utrecht v Sparta Rotterdam - Dutch Eredivisie
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Harroui wasn’t in the squad at the weekend as Sparta drew 1-1 with Heracles Almelo. He did play the full90 minutes as FC Utrecht beat them 4-0 the week previous though.

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The Dutchman made 13 appearances for the Holland under-21 outfit, scoring once. He was part of the squad for the summer’s European under-21 Championships too, helping his country to the semi-final.

During 2020/21 he made 34 appearances for his current club. He found the net six times and also claimed three assists for Sparta Rotterdam, enjoying a pretty decent campaign.

Forest added James Garner to their ranks from Manchester United yesterday. He joins on loan and will considerably bolster the Reds’ squad.

What can Forest expect from Harroui?

This could prove a shrewd addition by the Reds and looking at it, Harroui seems to fit the profile of a Dane Murphy signing. He is only 23 and will arrive at the City Ground with his best years ahead of him.

Harroui fits the bill as someone who is comfortable playing in the box-to-box role and someone who likes to break through the lines into the final third.

Sparta Rotterdam v NAC Breda - Club Friendly
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He scores goals and can also chip in with assists to help the team. Harroui will therefore add something which Forest don’t currently have within their squad.

Ryan Yates and Jack Colback have both struggled this season and clearly, Chris Hughton has identified a need for better midfielders.

Harroui could prove a decent addition and Forest will want to have him available as quickly as possible.

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