Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on the signing of Groningen midfield Ahmed El Messaoudi. According to Sporx, the player is set to sign for Turkish side Gaziantep for a fee of £350,000.

Forest tried and failed to land a number of players from Eredivisie during the summer. It became pretty trendy for the Reds to fall just short of the asking price and be forced into moving on.

Zian Flemming of Fortuna Sittard was a big target, whilst Abdou Harroui was another. The latter joined Sassuolo in Serie A on transfer deadline day.

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El Messaoudi looks like being another player that Forest have missed out on. The 26-year-old was a cheaper option than the other two Eredivisie players and perhaps the club weren’t quite so keen on signing him.


Forest added Braian Ojeda to their midfield ranks during the summer. It could be that the club clearly felt he could offer more than El Messaoudi in the City Ground engine room.

The Morrocco international is typically a versatile performer. Perhaps the consensus at Forest was that Hughton’s squad is stocked with enough players in the middle of the park.

Now, they look to miss the boat with El Messaoudi, with the 26-year-old set to head to Turkey and link up with a new club.

Forest should have pressed harder for El Messaoudi

Ryan Yates, Jack Colback and Cafu are all capable of operating in a defence-minded midfield role. What Forest don’t have among those three is a player capable of performing actual box-to-box duties.

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It would seem as though Yates believes he is capable of that, but he quite simply doesn’t score enough goals. El Messaoudi could have helped with that aspect.

Last season he played 28 times in Eredivisie, scoring eight goals. He largely played as a number 10 but can also perform duties as a conventional central midfielder.

Having a goalscoring midfielder in their ranks would have been a blessing for Forest. The £350,000 transfer fee would have been a steal too and perhaps the Reds have missed a trick here.

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