Bordeaux will be forced to pay £4.5 million for ex-Nottingham Forest gem Anel Ahmedhodzic this summer – but he could then leave the French outfit.
In a bizarre twist of fate, the Swedish man mountain could find himself transferred twice during the forthcoming transfer window.
Bordeaux will need to part with £4.5 million as the mandatory sum they agreed as part of Ahmedhodzic’s loan which they completed in January.
The former Forest man made 15 appearances for the French club but was unable to prevent them from dropping out of the top flight.
Relegation will hit Bordeaux hard and it had been feared that they would be seeking to get out of the agreement.
Now, Fotbollskanalen claims that despite money running low, the second tier team will be able to trigger the buy-out clause to Malmo.
With money particularly low, however, it wouldn’t be against the realms of reality that the French club choose to cash in on Ahmedhodzic straight away.
If that is the case, Forest should be ready to pounce.
It wasn’t long ago that Manchester United and Chelsea were tipped to make a move. Now, he’d surely welcome a switch to the Premier League.
Ahmedhodzic could be sold and Forest would welcome him back
During his first spell at Forest, the central defender managed just six minutes of senior football. That alone probably didn’t help him to settle in England.
He was still raw then though and now he’s developed into one of the most sought-after central defenders in Europe.
Ahmedhodzic would be a useful addition to the Forest ranks right now and he’d complement the current crop of defenders nicely.
Forest have Scott McKenna and Joe Worrall who are likely to remain mainstays in the team during next season.
The other place could be up for grabs though; with Steve Cook likely to act as a backup option during 2022/23.
Ahmedhodzic is almost 6f 3in tall and he’s an absolute menace in the air. He’s also strong in the tackle and perhaps more crucially is capable of playing out from the back.
The finer details of the 23-year-old’s situation this summer are perhaps murky at this stage.
If there is a chance that he’s for sale during the window, it’s one that Cooper simply has to take.