Nottingham Forest have not given up their attempt to sign Moussa Niakhate, according to Liga Insider. The report does claim, however, that the Reds have started to look at other central defensive options ahead of next season.
Niakhate was thought to be close to signing for Forest. It was claimed over a week ago that the Frenchman wanted to sign for the club and that he was happy with the package on offer from the Premier League outfit.
Mainz had other ideas though. The German club were unhappy with Forest bidding less than £10 million for a player who has a release clause believed to be around £13 million (Bild).
Forest are hopeful that an agreement can still be struck with the Bundesliga outfit. The captain is a left-sided defender and can operate as a central defender or in the left wing-back role.
The 26-year-old has been with Mainz since 2018 when he checked in from FC Metz. He has been a real warrior for Mainz, making 135 appearances for the club.
A departure does look inevitable for Niakhate. It’s been claimed that the team who finished eighth in the Bundesliga are no longer willing to discuss a deal with Forest.
That does look unlikely, however. If the Reds turn up with the money that Mainz are demanding then they might be left with no choice but to accept the offer.
Forest not giving up on Niakhate but other irons are in the fire
It would seem as though Forest have lots of irons in the fire right now. Joe Rodon has been linked from Tottenham, whilst Jamaal Lascelles has been touted for an emotional return to the City Ground.
Forest are a far savvier club these days. Paying over the odds for players is a thing of the past and they will scour the market for the best deals this summer.
The Reds will want to ensure they’re well-stocked in all positions ahead of next season. As a result, signing Niakhate would be a wise thing to do.
Landing someone at 26, capable of playing in two positions for just £13 million would be wise.
It would, however, appear that he’s not top of the list anymore. As a result, it will be interesting to see which direction the club turns in next.