Nottingham Forest have seen their attempt to sign Maxwel Cornet falter with a disagreement over personal terms.
According to the Daily Mail (Print Edition; page 80), the Burnley player has so far been unable to agree to Forest’s offer.
The Reds remain locked in talks, with West Ham busy lurking in the background ready to pounce.
Cornet did well in his maiden Premier League campaign but he was unable to help Burnley stay in the top flight.
Now, the Reds are hoping to try and sign the player who scored nine goals and claimed two assists last season.
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Cornet won’t cost the earth. He has a £17.5 million release clause and so far no club has opted to activate that.
Everton have made a bid. To typify the Toffees in the market this summer, however, they’ve failed to stick their money where their mouth is.
Cornet only signed for Burnley last summer. He checked in from Lyon where he made 252 appearances for the club.
It’s easy to see why Forest are keen to sign Cornet this summer as they look to bolster their squad.
The 25-year-old can play in a number of positions and last season played as a striker, out on the wing and as a number 10.
Cornet earns £44,000-a-week at Turf Moor and clearly he will be itching for a wage rise should he join Forest.
Forest attempts to sign Cornet falter over personal terms
The Reds would be wise to give Cornet something akin to what he deems acceptable, although they’re right not to be held at ransom.
Forest would dearly welcome Cornet. He is rapid and to Cooper’s delight, he can play in a number of positions.
It’s perhaps no surprise to see the French forward ask for a sizeable wage packet.
Previous reports this summer suggested he wasn’t keen on coming to Forest.
As a result, he will want to make sure it suits him to check in at the City Ground.
Still, the hope will be that Forest can come to some sort of compromise and get a deal for Cornet over the line.