Nottingham Forest or Rangers won’t be signing Francis Amuzu this summer, with the player now set for a medical with Nice. Forest had been keen to sign the versatile winger following his performances for Anderlecht over the last few seasons.
Interestingly, the Reds eyes a move for the player that shone under Vincent Kompany when they were in the Championship. It’s perhaps a bit if a surprise that he remained on the radar even when the club won promotion.
Amuzu does look like a bright player for the future. Indeed, he’s joining a club with sizeable ambitions; with the Ligue 1 outfit having added Kasper Schmeichel and Aaron Ramsey to their ranks ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.
The 22-year-old isn’t going to be costing a fortune either. It’s claimed that he will move from Belgium to France for less than £10 million; with a fee of £8.5 million being quoted by French news outlet Nice-Matin.
Amuzu has risen through the ranks at Anderlecht. He’s a product of their academy and has made 156 appearances for the first team, scoring 19 goals and laying on a further 17 in the way of assisting goals for others.
The left-footed winger has made a strong start to 2022/23. He scored twice on Sunday as Anderlecht defeated RFC Seraing 3-1, whilst he’s also registered one assist during a UEFA Conference League qualifier against Paide.
Amuzu enjoyed the best season of his career during 2021/22. He scored 10 goals and claimed five assists as Anderlecht endured a surprisingly tough campaign finishing fourth in the table.
When he played under Kompany, the ex-Manchester City man raved about him. He told Kick GH that the player was ‘dangerous’ following a goalscoring performance last season.
Forest won’t be signing Amuzu and they might have missed out
At 22, Amuzu is a fantastically talented player. He has bags of potential and could star in the next few years if he continues to get regular game time.
The Reds might have missed a trick here. Forest still need some more attacking options and could have taken a bit of a punt on Amuzu.
He wouldn’t have cost a fortune and his potential is sky high. Perhaps there is a small element of doubt that Amuzu isn’t quite ready for the Premier League just yet.
It will be very interesting to see how he gets on now though and Forest will hope they don’t live to regret not doing more to sign the Belgian.