Nottingham Forest have been rejected by the entourage of Amadou Onana, according to journalist Sacha Tavolieri.

The midfielder is a wanted man this summer and West Ham recently had a £20 million bid rejected for the player.

Onana is currently at Lille and could leave the club during the summer transfer window.

The club are maintaining that their star wonderkid isn’t for sale but that hasn’t stopped the Premier League from circling.

Forest rejected by Onana
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Arsenal and Liverpool have both been monitoring the youngster for some time.

Onana move to Lille from Hamburg last summer. He enjoyed a decent season during 2021/22, making 41 appearances and scoring three goals.

The 20-year-old typically plays as a defensive midfielder for Lille, although he can play further forward.

Forest are trying to bolster their midfield ranks during the summer.

Ryan Yates and Jack Colback are experienced options but Cafu, Braian Ojeda and Tyrese Fornah are unlikely to be of the required quality.

As a result, the central midfield area is of concern right now and Forest will be working hard behind the scenes.

Onana was on Forest’s radar but their attempts to advance were quickly denied.

His representatives are keen for their player to head to a giant of a club should Lille decide they are powerless to keep him.

Forest rejected by Onana and the Reds are going big on a central midfielder

Despite this setback, it was probably only a tentative enquire anyway.

Still, one thing it does show is that Forest are looking to do a seriously good piece of business to bolster their midfield.

Having lost James Garner, they do need to pull out some stops.

The Manchester United man could be allowed to leave this summer but Erik ten Hag looks likely to run the rule over him first.

Forest rejected by Onana
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That leaves Forest with no time to waste and it’s good to see they’re targeting a stellar signing.

Rumour rating: 2/10 – It’s reasonable to give this a low score given that it’s highly unlikely to happen.

Forest can’t be faulted for asking the question but with top Premier League clubs eyeing a move it simply won’t materialise.

Fair play to Forest for asking but the club will quickly move on.

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