A bizarre claim has been made regarding Nottingham Forest and Monaco midfielder Youssouf Fofana. The Reds are in the market for a new maestro this month and are being linked with several players.

According to the Daily Mail, Forest are preparing another bid to sign Fofana. Normally that link would be pretty normal but some reports claimed that the 24-year-old rejected a move to Forest only nine days ago.

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The report came over a week ago from Get French Football News, that claimed the Reds wanted Fofana but had been rejected. The player had a wealth of clubs after him and he’s not short of suitors this summer.

The defence-minded midfielder has been with Monaco since 2020 when he checked in from Strasbourg. He’s become integral for the Ligue 1 outfit, making 141 appearances for the club.

Forest are extending their search for a new defensive midfielder. They’ve been heavily linked with Ibrahim Sangare and Florentino Luis and it will be interesting to see who they now end up with.

The current midfield of Danilo, Ryan Yates and Orel Mangala all add quality to the middle of the park. However, it’s not unfair to say that the three of them are all quite similar in what they do best.

Forest return with another bid for Fofana

Either this latest report or the one from over a week ago is wrong. Both of these claims can’t be right and it would be interesting to see how the land really lies on this one.

Fofana would be a class addition to the ranks. He gets stuck into tackles and isn’t afraid to put his foot on the ball, showing calmness in possession.

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At 24, he’s yet to reach his peak. If Forest could get a deal for Fofana over the line in the coming weeks, it would see the club land a player who could become a genuine star of the game.

However, given the nature of the reports, it’s hard to get excited. Forest are likely to get knocked back by the player again and perhaps they’re better off casting their net elsewhere.