Nottingham Forest may have hit a late complication in their quest to sign Moussa Niakhate.

Sky Sports reporter Florian Plettenberg has suggested that Mainz are disgruntled with the offer placed on the table by Forest.

The Reds tested the water with a bid in the region of £9 million; reasonable considering the club captain is out of contract next summer.

Mainz aren’t impressed though. They value their player close to £13 million and Forest will need to up the ante.

The deal might be deal in the water now though.

Forest hit Niakhate complication
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Plettenberg claims that Mainz bosses are now keen on continuing the talks, citing Forest’s initial bid as ridiculous.

This would be a detrimental blow with Niakhate capable of operating as a central defender or in the left-sided wing-back role.

The 26-year-old claimed over the weekend that he’d love to join Forest but now the deal is in limbo.

Niakhate shone for Mainz during the 2021/22 campaign where he captained the team.

He made 33 appearances and scored four goals as the team finished in a very respectable eighth place – narrowly missing out on Europe.

The former France under-21 international has been a hit with the Mainz fans since arriving from FC Metz in 2018.

In total, he’s made 135 appearances for the club and the Bundesliga outfit don’t want to let him go without a fight.

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This could be a tactic from Mainz to get Forest to dance to their tune.

It does seem unlikely that with one year remaining on their star man’s deal, they’d walk away from the table and risk losing him for free.

Furthermore, Niakhate wants to join Forest. He could turn the tables on Mainz if they play hardball and grow disgruntled with their strategy.

Forest hit Niakhate complication
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This smacks of a tactic in the modern-day transfer world where one club says they don’t want to continue talks in order to squeeze a few more quid out of another club.

The demand of £13 million doesn’t sound a lot. Still, who can knock Forest trying to get a cheaper deal; enough clubs have tried that on them over the years!

Forest have to get serious now though. As a result, if the club really wants Niakhate, they simply have to part with the relevant finances.

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