Nottingham Forest are back in talks with Mainz over a deal to sign club captain Moussa Niakhate, according to The Athletic. The combative defender has been on the City Ground radar since promotion was secured last month.
Niakhate is set to leave the Bundesliga outfit this summer. He has just a year to run on his contract and the club wants any potential suitors to meet the £13 million release clause in his current deal.
The 26-year-old was the subject of a relatively low opening offer by the Reds. As a result, some reports claimed that the German club weren’t keen to even discuss a deal with Forest anymore.
Niakhate is quick, uncompromising in stature and capable of playing out from the back. Furthermore, he can operate as a left-sided central defender or as a left-sided wing-back.
During 2021/22, the Frenchman made 30 appearances. Mainz narrowly missed out on a place in Europe and Nikahate showcased his class with a fine campaign.
Forest are keen to add him and it seems as though a deal will take place. He would be the second signing from the Bundesliga after Taiwo Awoniyi checked in from Union Berlin.
The Reds expect a wave of new players to arrive this summer. It’s been a slow start to the transfer window but it seems as though things will pick up from next month.
Forest in talks for Niakhate and the Reds would be wise to just pay up
Landing a leader for £13 million is not to be sniffed at. As a result, the Reds would be wise to just pay the money that Mainz want, if they’re so keen to bring him to the City Ground.
Forest need some more left-sided options. Indeed, seeing Niakhate check-in could allow the Reds to get Jonathan Panzo some regular football out on loan.
In total, the uncompromising player has made 135 appearances for Mainz. He’s a firm fan favourite, whilst Everton and West Ham have been previously linked.
Talks now look to be back underway between Mainz and Forest. The hope will be that this one can go through quickly and Nikahate can join the Reds in Spain next week.