Nottingham Forest are eyeing a move for Habib Diallo if they can’t bring Keinan Davis back to the City Ground this summer, according to ESPN.
Diallo is also wanted by West Ham. The Hammers are keen to ensure they’re well-stocked in attack next season, with Michail Antonio their own senior striker.
The forward is on the back of a pretty solid campaign with Strasbourg in Ligue 1.
He found the net 12 times for the club and also registered two assists as Strasbourg finished sixth in the division.
Diallo has played in France during his who career and he’s helped himself to goals wherever he’s been.
At FC Metz he found the net 48 times during his 116 appearances and he also netted 18 goals at Stade Brestois 29.
It is thought that Diallo would be keen on a move to England.
TEAMtalk claim that the 26-year-old dreams of playing in the Premier League and that could become a reality this summer.
Forest will likely prioritise the signing of Davis during the transfer window.
The powerful talisman enjoyed a solid loan at Forest during the second half of the season and Aston Villa could be open to a sale.
If they’re not, however, the Reds will have to make sure they have some other irons in the fire.
Diallo looks like being one of them and he does seem to know where the back of the net is.
Forest want Diallo but it could be a risky one
There is no such thing as a guarantee in football but it must be a worry that Diallo has only played club football in France.
The standard of Ligue 1 pales in comparison to that of the Premier League and Forest should tread carefully.
That said, the player is unlikely to cost a fortune and the fact that West Ham and Brighton are keen perhaps tells a story.
Both of those clubs are established in the top-flight and they see Diallo as someone who can do a job.
Diallo could well be capable in front of goal but supporters would likely get behind the signing of Davis more than this one.
Rumour rating: 4/10 – this doesn’t seem overly likely we don’t think.
West Ham and Brighton will likely target Diallo to provide competition whereas Forest need regular starters to come in first.
Diallo is capable though. His 12 goals last season ensure he’d be moving with his confidence sky-high and perhaps he’d be a decent fallback option for Forest.