Nottingham Forest are still lingering in the race to sign Sheffield United forward Iliman Ndiaye. The Reds are keen on a number of players and the Blades star is yet to sign a new contract.
According to The Athletic, Steve Cooper is a huge fan of the player who could be available for around £15 million. Last season, he helped United win promotion back to the Premier League by scoring 15 goals and claiming 12 assists.
A number of clubs have been linked with the 23-year-old who typically operates in a central role. Everton have provided another option from the Premier League, whilst Marseille really like him.
Ndiaye is a wanted man and it doesn’t really come as a surprise. The player will see his contract expire next summer, with the Blades desperate to get him tied down to a new deal.
Ndiaye starred in their promotion-winning campaign of last season. He was also brilliant the year previous when he struck up a wonderful relationship with Morgan Gibbs-White who was on loan at Bramall Lane.
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His teammates have raved about him in the past. Chris Basham called him ‘outrageous’ in September 2022, stating that he’s an absolute nightmare to play against in training every day.
Cooper would love to bolster his frontline this summer. Ndiaye would be a very useful option indeed and it remains to be seen whether or not they will firm up their interest in the player.
Forest still keen to sign Ndiaye and he’d be a quality addition
This one would be an exceptional signing for the Reds. Ndiaye is a class player and he was one of the very best in the Championship during the 2022/23 campaign.
It’s no surprise to see him being the subject of interest. Marseille would likely appeal to him more than most given that they are in the Champions League next season.
Ndiaye could perhaps be tempted by a crack at the Premier League, however. United will hope he sticks around, although if he doesn’t sign a new deal, he will be available on a free transfer next season.
Rumour rating: 10/10 – This would be an incredible addition to the Forest ranks. However, we do concede that a deal looks unlikely this summer.
United are unlikely to sanction a sale to Forest. Likewise, the Reds are perhaps unlikely to pay the sort of money that the Blades will want for Ndiaye.
Furthermore, if the interest does become strong, other clubs will likely show their interest with much bigger sides likely to come forward with proposals.