Nottingham Forest are keen to sign Kasper Schmeichel before next weekend’s Premier League curtain-raiser at Arsenal. The stopper is currently at Nice but will be allowed to move on this summer.

According to Eurosport, Forest are now in concrete discussions with Schmeichel. There is another Premier League club thought to be keen, with FC Copenhagen also eyeing a move.

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The Reds would complete a wonderful signing if they could land the Premier League winner. He has bags of experience in the top division and his leadership qualities would be evident.

Schmeichel spent 11 years with Leicester. He led the team to their Premier League title win, played in the Champions League and also lifted the FA Cup with the Foxes.

It came as a bit of a shock when he left for Nice in the summer of 2022. He had made 479 appearances for the East Midlands-based outfit but moved to Ligue 1 for a new chapter.

Now, he could be on his way out of the club. He made 46 appearances in all competitions during 2022/23 and managed to keep 13 clean sheets for Nice.

Schmeichel earned lots of praise during his time with Leicester from Brendan Rodgers. He called him ‘brilliant’ and ‘absolutely outstanding’ when he was in charge of him.

Forest in concrete discussions with Schmeichel

This would be a very strong signing. Although Schmeichel is now 36-years-old, he still has a lot to offer and he would likely become a real leader of the current Forest group.

Forest are in desperate need of a new goalkeeper. George Shelvey played between the posts against Eintracht Frankfurt yesterday and did a pretty steady job.

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He is relatively inexperienced, however. With that in mind, it would be a big risk for him to start in the Premier League and someone with more experience is required.

Rumour rating: 9/10 – This would be a class signing for Forest. Despite his advancing years, the goalkeeper is a leader of men and he’d surely relish the chance to return to the Premier League.

Okay, there is an element of short-termism with this signing. However, he still has plenty to offer and he’d very quickly become the club’s number-one stopper.