Nottingham Forest are eyeing a move for Moussa Niakhate and today some contrasting reports have emerged.
Last week it was claimed that the Reds held an interest in signing the man who has captained Mainz for the last 18 months.
Over the weekend it’s been claimed that the 26-year-old is very keen on a move to Forest and that bodes well.
However, a report from Bild released earlier today has threatened to dampen the mood somewhat.
They’re claiming that Forest’s bid of less than £10 million hasn’t gone down well with Mainz and they no longer want to do business with the club.
The Bundesliga outfit are holding out for £13 million and the reports in Germany suggest he won’t leave for anything less.
However, in a typically heroic fashion, John Percy might have popped up at the back post!
He’s claimed this afternoon that Forest remain locked in talks with Mainz and believe that an agreement will be reached soon.
Niakhate has been a mainstay in the team during his time playing for the German outfit.
During 2021/22 he made 30 appearances for the club and typically operated in his natural central defensive role.
Forest are trying to add another defensive player to their ranks.
Tobias Figueiredo has been released; whilst Jonathan Panzo and Loic Mbe Soh could both leave on loan during the summer window.
Forest eyeing move for Niakhate and contrasting reports are nothing unusual
It truly is silly season. Forest fans would be wise to sit tight and treat everything with a pinch of salt until things are announced.
In fairness, both of these reports have come from reputable sources.
Furthermore, it’s apparent that Niakhate wants to make the move to England and sign for Forest this summer.
That does bode well and Mainz are unlikely to want to keep one of their star players from fulfilling his wishes.
Hopefully, a deal can be struck soon and Forest can bolster their back line ahead of their foray into the Premier League.