Nottingham Forest are edging closer to the signing of Houssem Aouar. It’s claimed by Italian journalist Nicolo Schira that a five-year contract has been agreed on and the player is now one step away.

The Lyon attacking midfielder now looks set to join Forest on a permanent transfer. He will end an association with the Ligue 1 outfit that saw him emerge from the youth academy.

Forest have been looking for another number 10 to bolster their ranks. Jesse Lingard has been added to the squad, whilst Morgan Gibbs-White remains a long-term target.

Aouar has been a target for several clubs this summer. Real Betis came the closest to signing him but the La Liga outfit were unable to agree on personal terms with the 24-year-old.

Forest closer Aouar
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Forest have already signed 15 new players during the summer. Aouar is likely to check in at the City Ground too and he might not be the last piece of summer business.

Brighton striker Neal Maupay has also been on the radar. A £15 million bid was accepted over the weekend and he’s expected to be another new recruit at Forest.

Aouar has made 216 appearances for Lyon. He’s played Champions League football and he can play as a number 10 or through the middle as a conventional midfielder.

Forest now closer to huge signing of Aouar

This will be a remarkable coup. With the player out of contract during the summer of 2023, Forest will get the player for a decent transfer fee too.

Aouar earns £62,000-a-week at Lyon and it seems likely that he will earn similar or more once he checks in at the City Ground in the coming days.

Forest closer Aouar
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This is a signing that will send out a statement to the rest of the Premier League. Forest have recruited well as it is, but Aouar possesses world-class qualities.

The versatile player has been capped by France before. If he stars in the Premier League, there is every chance he can win back a place on the international stage.

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