Besitkas’ president appears to have confirmed that Romain Saiss has asked to leave as Nottingham Forest look to bring the former Wolves defender back to the Premier League.
With a repeat of last summer’s record-breaking splurge not forthcoming, the task now facing Steve Cooper and co is to put the final licks of paint on a house they built in one hell of a rush over three hectic months 12 months ago.
What the Moroccan lacks in flashiness, he more than makes up for in effectiveness. 33-year-old Saiss was quietly excellent during four Premier League campaigns at Wolverhampton Wanderers, and would arrive at the City Ground on the back of a superb World Cup.
Saiss was one of the finest centre-halves in Qatar; Morocco becoming the first African side ever to reach the semi-finals; their success built upon a rock-solid backline.
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Nottingham Forest want former Wolves ace Romain saiss
According to Sabah, Nottingham Forest are now offering Saiss a second stab at English football, just one year after he left Wolves for Turkey.
And while Besiktas’ chairman, Ahmet Nur Cebi, is determined to retain the former Angers man, he also appears to indicate that Saiss has explored the possibility of a fresh start elsewhere.
“I told Saiss that we want to continue with him,” Cebi tells Ajansspor. “There are demands. (He said) ‘Can you open the door if there are suitable conditions?
“Our view is to continue with Gedson (Fernandes, formerly of Tottenham Hotspur) and Saiss.”
Saiss is reportedly valued at just £3.5 million. Nottingham Forest certainly have the financial muscle to stump up such a fee. But whether they would be willing to – Saiss will be 34 at the end of next season – is another matter.
Forest also face competition from one of the biggest clubs in France. Marseille, RMC Sport claim, are in talks with Saiss’ camp.