Abdou Harroui is reportedly edging closer to a move to Nottingham Forest, according to Rijnmond. The £2.5 million-rated player was left out of Sparta Rotterdam’s squad at the weekend with a City Ground move on the cards.
Forest were battered by Wolves last night. The 4-0 defeat proved to be men against boys as Bruno Lage chose to bring a seasoned squad for the Carabao Cup contest.
The game served to highlight just how much work the Reds have to do in the transfer window before it closes next week. It also leaves Chris Hughton staring at a perilous situation.
According to the fresh reports, a fee has now been agreed with the £2.5 million deal thought to be imminent. Harroui missed his team’s game at the weekend to head to England in order to complete the deal.
Rotterdam drew 1-1 with Heracles at the weekend but the former Holland under-21 manager wasn’t involved; much to the dismay of his current manager.
Henk Fraser isn’t impressed, saying: “I can act stressed or irritated, but I know that doesn’t help.”
Last season, Harroui played 34 times, scoring six goals and registering three assists. He also competed with Holland at the European under-21 Championships, helping his country to the last four.
Harroui is badly needed at Forest
If the Reds are to improve then more quality is badly needed in the middle of the park. Forest look far too defensive and quite simply, that has to change quickly.
Harroui looks an exciting addition. Aston Villa have also been courting his signature but it seems as though Forest have won the race.
James Garner has also been added to the ranks and it will be interesting to see who the fall guy is should Harroui check-in.
Ryan Yates and Jack Colback both have their critics and plenty of supporters would relish both players dropping out in the future.
As a result, Harroui might prove to be Forest’s best piece of summer business if they can get this over the line.