Despite links to Nottingham Forest, Yusuf Yazici is not a player that Steve Cooper wants to bring to the City Ground.
According to The Athletic, the Lille performer isn’t fancied by the head coach and is unlikely to be coming to the Premier League outfit any time soon.
Yazici spent the second half of last season on loan with CSKA Moscow. He’s now returned to Lille though the man who cost them £16 million could be allowed to leave.
His time in Russia was rather fruitful. He scored eight times and claimed two assists from just 12 appearances.
Yazici earned the move to Ligue 1 outfit Lille after shining with Trabzonspor, where he earned praise from Mesut Ozil.
The former Arsenal man called the player ‘amazing’ and predicted a bright future for the versatile forward.
Yazici spent the majority of 2021/22 playing as a centre-forward, although he can also play as a number 10 or out wide on the flanks.
Forest are in need of new attacking players. Both Philip Zinckernagel and Lewis Grabban won’t be at the club next season and that leaves the team short of depth.
Yazici isn’t on huge money. He earns £16,000-a-week at Lille and he could be on the way to another club this summer.
Cooper doesn’t want Yazici and that’s just fine
This isn’t a massive blow. Lots of players will be linked and even offered to the Reds this summer but it doesn’t mean that Forest have to show interest in them all.
Yazici is a decent player. Whether or not he has what it takes to star in the Premier League, however, remains to be seen.
The versatile forward can play in a number of positions. That would be one tick in the box but there would be risks.
Yazici would be another player that’s never played in the Premier League; whilst his goal and assist ratio across his career is hardly glowing.
As a result, perhaps Cooper is making the right decision by ruling Forest out of the race to sign the Turkey international.