Nottingham Forest are monitoring Manchester City defender Issa Kabore as they look to bolster their ranks ahead of next season.
The Athletic claims that the Reds are keeping tabs on his situation, believing he’s similar to Djed Spence.
Kabore spent last season on loan with Troyes. There, he made 32 appearances and registered two assists for the Ligue 1 outfit.
He was also in form for Burkina Faso at the African Cup of Nations. He claimed the Young Player of the Tournament accolade after his country were the surprise package in reaching the semi-finals.
Kabore is yet to play first-team football for City. The Premier League champions are unlikely to change that stance next season and could offload him.
Signing him permanently might be problematic. He has three years remaining on his deal at the Etihad and as a result, they may fancy another loan.
With Dean Henderson also expected to arrive on a temporary deal, Kabore joining on loan would mean Forest couldn’t have any more loan deals from the top-flight.
Kabore is quick, comes alive when his team are on the attack and is also capable of getting stuck into a challenge.
The report does claim, however, that Kabore isn’t the top target. They believe that Liverpool defender Neco Williams is high on Steve Cooper’s list of targets.
Forest monitoring Kabore and he could prove useful
The Reds have been stung before with loan deals and if Kabore is a target, they must consider trying to buy him.
Spence didn’t have a clause included in his loan deal and now Forest may have to watch on as he goes to join Tottenham.
Kabore looks like an exciting player. He has the sort of pace that can see him delight the fan base and he looks like a future star.
Rumour rating: 7/10 – there is a lot to like with this rumour but we’d prefer it to be a purchase.
Kabore could prove to be a sound investment in the future and Forest have to weigh up whether another loan is sensible.
The Reds are partying at the big table now and a squad needs to be built.
Having several loan players year upon year isn’t ideal and landing Kabore on a permanent deal would be perfect.
Kabore is definitely one to watch and hopefully Forest can get something over the line.