Nottingham Forest head coach Steve Cooper is a huge admirer of Amadou Onana but the Reds are unlikely to land the player.
West Ham are on the scene now and they are thought to have made a bid of £32.5 million.
That level of finance will blow the Reds out of the water and other targets will be pursued instead.
Onana is a wanted man. The Hammers, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle all like the youngster and he could leave Lille this summer.
The 20-year-old is a powerful midfielder with a physical presence. He stands at 6ft 5in and he’s set for a bright future.
Onana signed for Lille last summer from Hamburg. His maiden campaign proved fruitful as he made 41 appearances, including eight in the Champions League.
The player recently collected his first cap for Belgium and there will be more to come from the talented player.
Forest have an urgent requirement for some quality to be added in midfield, with Ryan Yates ruled out for a month.
Jack Colback is an experienced performer and will have a part to play but Cafu and Braian Ojeda look unlikely to play much in the Premier League.
Lewis O’Brien is thought to be close to signing from Huddersfield whilst Marcus Tavernier has been linked from Middlesbrough.
The Reds need to get moving and they can’t spend too much time chasing Onana if the signing is realistic.
Cooper admires Onana but that won’t be enough to land him
Forest are once again shopping in the right places but interest from bigger clubs will be telling.
Onana has sampled European nights with Lille and he will be keen to continue playing in those competitions.
West Ham might not even tempt Lille into a sale with their latest bid and it could take more to sign him.
Forest do have money to spend this summer, with Evangelos Marinakis promising to back Cooper.
Onana is perhaps just a step too far and it’s hard to imagine Forest forking out such a serious outlay on a single purchase.