Nottingham Forest are trying to sign Matthias Phaeton from French club Guingamp, according to Foot Mercato. Angers are also rivalling Forest for his signature, with the striker a wanted man.
The Reds have struggled to bolster their squad this summer. So far, only Ethan Horvath, Philip Zinckernagel and Jordi Osei-Tutu have been added, with Max Lowe on loan from Sheffield United thought to be close.
Phaeton has previously been a target for East Midlands-based rivals Leicester City. He was linked with the Foxes in 2019, although they declined against signing him.
The striker recently starred for Guadeloupe at the Gold Cup. He has three goals to his name for his country, with all of them coming in the tournament or during qualification.
At 21 he does look set for a bright future and boasts a large amount of potential. He has been blended into the first-team relatively slowly at Guingamp.
He did score during Monday’s win over Auxerre though. It was his first start of the season and Phaeton helped his team secure a first three points of the campaign.
It is claimed that Forest have already initiated contact to try and land the international player ahead of Angers.
The player who can operate on either flank or as a striker is under contract until 2023 and could move before the transfer window.
Forest can’t pin all their hopes on Phaeton
The international player doesn’t have an amazing goal record and as a youngster, the Reds do need some more experience.
Phaeton has been played in a number of positions during his career and that should be taken into consideration.
It’s fair to say that he’s still relatively raw though and the Reds must tread with caution over his signing.
Angers is typically a good club for youngsters to develop and the fact they’re interested is perhaps telling.
Given the poor start to 2021/22, however, the club must work hard to sign players with proven ability in the Championship before Tuesday’s deadline.