Nottingham Forest are doing battle with Newcastle and Leicester for the signature of Boubacar Traore, according to Football Insider.

FC Metz are considering the sale of their star midfielder and value him around the £18 million mark.

Traore signed for the Ligue 2 outfit in 2019 and last season he enjoyed his breakthrough campaign at senior level.

He scored once and claimed one assist from 28 appearances and also collected seven yellow cards during 2021/22.

Forest battle Newcastle for Traore
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Metz suffered relegation at the end of the campaign and as a result, they’re now looking to sell some of their top players.

Traore typically operates as a defensive midfielder, although he can play in a more conventional midfield role.

Forest are definitely going to be in the market for another midfielder or two.

Ryan Yates and Jack Colback are experienced performers but Cafu, Braian Ojeda and Tyrese Fornah are unlikely to be considered.

Traore does have limited experience in senior football but the Malian is clearly a wanted man.

Newcastle and Leicester will have significant clout but they perhaps can’t offer the level of action that Forest could.

Given the £18 million valuation it remains to be seen whether Forest would consider this value for money.

Forest battle Newcastle for Traore but a better option is required

At 20, Traore has some talent but he’s perhaps one that will come good over the next few years.

His influence on the Metz team couldn’t help them from being relegated and a similar battle could be on the cards this season.

Forest must make the right calls in midfield. Replacing James Garner won’t be easy and Traore looks like the man to do that.

Forest battle Newcastle for Traore
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The Reds have been linked with more attractive options and perhaps they’d be better pursuing them instead.

Rumour rating: 4/10 – Lots of fans might take this with a pinch of salt.

It is perhaps somewhat underwhelming and for less money, a better player is probably out there.

Traore might be one to keep an eye on but he doesn’t look like the player for Forest at this moment in time.

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