Nottingham Forest have made a late loan offer to sign striker Ludovic Ajorque, according to Football Insider. The Reds are keen to bolster their ranks and look to have identified the Frenchman on transfer deadline day.
Ajorque is currently playing for Strasbourg in Ligue 1 outfit. In four outings during 2022/23 he’s failed to hit the back of the net. although he has started just twice during the current campaign.
The 28-year-old has been on the radar of several clubs during the summer transfer window. It was claimed last month that Everton were making a bid to sign him but nothing came to fruition.
It’s probably his form of last season that has caught the eye. He scored 12 goals and registered eight assists as Strasbourg enjoyed a quality campaign.
Ajorque has played for Angers, Clermont Foot and two lower league outfits in France. As a result, a move to the Premier League does look like a sizeable leap.
Wolves failed to meet Strasbourg’s £18 million valuation earlier this summer. Forest will also be unwilling to do that and a loan deal could be on the cards instead.
Ajorque fits the role of a target man. As a result, if the Reds can get this deal over the line, perhaps Sam Surridge will be allowed to go out on loan this season.
Forest have made a late offer to sign Ajorque but he’s too risky
This is perhaps just too much of a risk for Forest to take. He has some similar qualities to those that Surridge possesses and it could seem a pointless addition.
Ajorque clearly knows where the net is. He’s only ever played in France though and at 28-years-old, it’s hard to determine whether or not he’d cut in in England.
The striker would be given a chance if he did check in. The supporters have warmed to Steve Cooper and any player he brings in will earn a fair crack of the whip.
Ajorque just ticks too many boxes which makes him not quite right for what Forest need in their team right now.