Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on the signing of Abdou Harroui, according to De Telegraaf. The Dutch youngster is set to join Serie A outfit Sassuolo instead.
The Italian outfit have beaten a number of clubs to his signature, including Forest. Aston Villa, Olympiacos and Galatasaray were all thought to be monitoring the player’s situation.
Harroui was always likely to leave during this transfer window. He has just a year left on his contract with Sparta Rotterdam demanding a fee of £3 million for his signature.
The report claims that both Forest and Olympiacos were in the race to sign Harroui until the end. Both Evangelos Marinakis-owned outfits now look to have missed out.
The Holland under-21 star had risen through the Rotterdam ranks. He has made 103 appearances for the club, scoring 18 goals and claiming 13 assists.
Harroui is a defence-minded midfielder who typically operates as a deep-lying playmaker. He would have possibly bolstered the passing radar of the Forest midfield and perhaps the Reds have missed out here.
As an overseas signing, the jury may have remained out on what he could have done in England. It’s fair to say that the move to Sassuolo will certainly provide him with a step up, however.
Could Forest rue missing out on Harroui?
There is certainly a concept that suggests this is one that could have got away. Ultimately though it seems like the player’s agent has worked wonders on getting Sassuolo to part with the asking price.
Forest were thought to be in the box seat to sign Harroui just a week ago. It had been claimed that the club had beaten Aston Villa to the player’s signature.
Now, it seems as though the player and his representatives were always willing to hold out for bigger clubs to emerge and offer the player a better package.
Forest may rue not landing a player with the quality that Harroui has. They were right not to be held at ransom with regards to the player’s salary though and that at least does represent a positive.