Nottingham Forest-linked striker Walid Cheddira was sent off yesterday as Portugal were dumped out of the World Cup by Morocco. The African outfit became the first nation from the continent to reach the last four of the competition.

Forest have been linked with the talisman during the tournament. He was once again in action yesterday but now he will have to watch on as his teammates take on France on Wednesday night in the semi-final.

Cheddira sent off
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Cheddira currently plays his football in Italy with second-division outfit Bari. The 24-year-old has already found the net 14 times for his current outfit and also registered five assists for his team.

Now, clubs are queueing up to take a chance on Cheddira during the January transfer window. It’s clear that Bari don’t want to sell him but they will do if they receive a big enough offer.

Morocco have captured the hearts of the neutral fan base at this World Cup. They topped a tough group that included Belgium and Croatia and now they have a genuine shot of winning the tournament.

Cheddira will have to watch from the stands on Wednesday though. The Africans face France knowing that a win will see them go within 90 minutes of becoming the first nation from the continent to lift the title.

Forest-linked Cheddira sent off

It’s quite remarkable that Morocco are in the semi-final of the World Cup. They have played some brilliant football during the tournament and the challenge now is to topple France.

For Cheddira, the game will be painful. He won’t be able to help his teammates and he will pray that he’s not played his last game at this year’s World Cup.

Cheddira send off
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Forest could well move for the striker in January. It seems clear that Steve Cooper wants some more firepower, with Taiwo Awoniyi the club’s current top goalscorer with just three strikes this season.

Cheddira has a decent pedigree in Italy. It will be intriguing to see whether or not he can step up to the Premier League should Forest choose to take a chance on the Morocco international in the coming months.

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