Nottingham Forest are edging towards the signing of Moussa Niakhate and Mainz boss Bo Svensson has been discussing transfer frustrations.
The Reds are thought to have reached an agreement with the Bundesliga club.
It was anticipated that talks had ground to a halt after Forest went in extremely low with an opening offer.
Niakhate is the Mainz captain and his release clause is set at around £13 million.
Forest do look to have returned with a better offer, with Fabrizio Romano now suggesting that a deal is getting closer.
Once Niakhate checks in at the City Ground, Svensson will need to make sure he signs a replacement.
He has stated his frustration at not being able to keep his captain but he understands how things work.
He told Transfermarkt: “It’s too bad that we can’t just go on with the same players, year after year, but we’re not the only team that has this challenge.
“It’s normal. We just have to adjust and think ahead. That’s the major downside of performing well. We know that clubs have more money than Mainz. It’s just where we are in the food chain.”
Niakhate looks like a useful player for the Reds to be in the mix to sign.
Everton and West Ham have been interested in recent transfer windows and Forest could be about to complete a real coup.
Forest edging towards Niakhate addition and he could be a real star
The Bundesliga is clearly a market that Forest have targeted this summer. Taiwo Awoniyi has already been signed and Niakhate could be next.
Forest have identified a need to strengthen in defence. As a result, Niakhate looks like a really positive addition.
Niakhate is a combative performer. He can play as a centre-back but can also operate as a left-sided wing-back.
As the Mainz captain for the last 18 months, the 26-year-old is a real leader and that attribute could help Forest.
Crucially, he can play out of the back and he looks like a player that’s right up the street of Steve Cooper.
Svensson’s frustrations are understandable but it’s nice to see Forest poaching top stars from other clubs for a change.