Nottingham Forest seriously considered trying to sign Sheffield United star Iliman Ndiaye during the summer transfer window. The Athletic has claimed that Steve Cooper felt the Blades star would be available for £4-5 million.
Ultimately, the Reds decided to look elsewhere during a summer when they added 22 new players to their squad. Ndiaye had been viewed as a player to provide competition for Brennan Johnson.
Ndiaye is in the final 18 months of his contract at Bramall Lane. As a result, if they don’t win promotion to the Premier League during 2022/23 the club could be forced into selling their prized asset.
The 22-year-old could see his valuation go up somewhat in the coming weeks. He’s currently at the World Cup in Qatar with Senegal, and in yesterday’s win over the host nation, he claimed an assist.
Ndiaye has enjoyed a meteoric rise in the last couple of seasons. In 2019 he was still on the books at Boreham Wood of the National League when he earned himself a move to South Yorkshire.
Last season he was a real handful whenever he was called upon. He fired seven goals for the Blades as they reached the play-offs before losing to Forest over two legs in the semi-final.
Forest considered trying to sign Ndiaye
The Reds might have missed a trick. The Sheffield United man has taken his game to a new level during 2022/23 and has already bagged nine goals from 21 appearances.
Sadly for the Blades, that could be alerting more clubs to his availability. His contract situation, although not perilous just yet, is definitely a cause for concern from a United perspective.
Forest will likely remain in the picture for his signature. The forward can play in a number of positions and he still has his best years left ahead of him in the coming years.
In January, he could be available on the cheap. If United aren’t in automatic promotion contention they might have a big decision to make, especially if a club puts money on the table.
Ndiaye would be an excellent addition for Forest. As a result, it’s a target that fans will hope the club don’t deter from despite their summer decision to target other options instead.