Nottingham Forest are making a late push to sign Lille midfielder Cheikh Niasse. Get French Football News claim that the player is set to join on loan, with a future fee of £8.5 million agreed.

Given that Forest aren’t currently looking like promotion contenders, it seems likely that fee will be optional as opposed to mandatory.

Niasse has played twice for Lille but spent last season on loan with Panathinaikos in Greece. There he played 15 times for the Greek outfit and looked largely impressive.

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Interestingly, Niasse is a central midfielder. Forest already have Ryan Yates, Jack Colback, Cafu and James Garner competing for a place. New signing Braian Ojeda will also be available for selection after the international break.


This does seem a bit of a left-field link. Forest are now well-stocked in the middle of the park and with Hughton typically playing a two-man midfield, it doesn’t make much sense.

The only way this deal would make sense is if one was to leave. At this stage of the transfer window, however, that seems unlikely to happen.

Niasse at 21 does typify a Dane Murphy signing. He will have worked tirelessly today to get the squad stocked up and he won’t have turned his office lights off just yet.

Niasse signing doesn’t make sense for Forest

For starters, Forest won’t have £8.5 million to spend any time soon. Keeping hold of Joe Worrall and Brennan Johnson means that Forest’s kitty remains pretty small.

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As a loan signing, it doesn’t make much sense either. Temporary additions will typically play regularly and Niasse would have plenty of competition for a place in the team.

Taking those things into consideration, this link has to be taken with a pinch of salt. Forest desperately need a striker and the Reds fan base would rather see a talisman arrive before 11pm.

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