Nottingham Forest are taken with Moussa Niakhate to enhance Steve Cooper’s aspect after securing promotion, which might make the Mainz star the membership’s twelfth French participant to date.
The City Ground natives are desperate to bolster Cooper’s defensive choices in efforts to keep away from an prompt return to the Championship. Nottingham Forest will contest their first season within the Premier League since 1999 subsequent time period after beating Huddersfield Town within the play-offs.
Niakhate now options on Nottingham Forest’s shortlist of attainable targets after captaining Mainz to eighth-place within the Bundesliga final time period. Die Nullfunfer boss Christian Heidel gave the 26-year-old the armband forward of the season, and would subject him in 30 league video games.
Nottingham Forest amongst Premier League sides taken with Mainz’s Niakhate
The centre-half repaid Heidel’s religion with 4 objectives and only one warning all marketing campaign over 2,567 minutes of motion. His haul included objectives towards RB Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich, and now has the previous France U21 defender wanted within the Premier League.
Reports by Bild declare Nottingham Forest are the primary membership to formally categorical their curiosity by making Mainz a suggestion for Niakhate. But Sky Germany reporter Florian Plettenberg provides the MEWA Arena natives deemed the bid price far beneath €10m (£8.5m) to be ‘ridiculous’.
Additionally, Plettenberg notes Mainz don’t have any willingness to even debate promoting Niakhate this summer season to complicate negotiations. But the Roubaix native is out of contract in 2023, and The Telegraph cite curiosity from Everton, West Ham and Newcastle, plus in Germany.
Nottingham Forest advancing their curiosity and Mainz accepting an improved provide would see Niakhate depart Die Nullfunfer after 4 years. Any transfer to England would even be his first within the nation, having solely beforehand performed in France earlier than his change to Germany.
Niakhate being taken with becoming a member of Nottingham Forest from Mainz this summer season might additionally see the 6 ft 2 defender turn out to be the City Ground natives’ twelfth French participant to date. So, with that in thoughts, who’ve been the East Midlands outfit’s top-five stars from France up to now?
Louis-Jean will be Niakhate’s inspiration amid Nottingham Forest curiosity
Mathieu Louis-Jean will be Niakhate’s muse on the City Ground, amid Nottingham Forest’s curiosity within the Mainz enforcer’s potential switch. The right-back spent seven years within the East Midlands after becoming a member of on mortgage from Le Havre in 1998/99 earlier than making it everlasting.
The Mont-Saint-Aignan native had solely performed for Le Havre earlier than securing his switch to England. Yet he would function 16 occasions in the course of the 1998/99 Premier League marketing campaign and went on to amass 213 appearances for Nottingham Forest in all competitions as much as 2005.
Moussi made English arrival with Nottingham Forest from 2008 to 2014
Guy Moussi made his transfer to England with Nottingham Forest in 2008, having beforehand solely performed for Angers in France. The defensive midfielder would go on to spend six years on the City Ground, whereas spending a part of his final season at Forest out on mortgage at Millwall.
He loved 150 appearances with the East Midlands natives, scored three and created six objectives in all competitions. Each of Moussi’s objectives got here within the 2009/10 Championship time period.
Bonalair loved sole spell on English soil with Nottingham Forest
Thierry Bonalair loved his sole spell on English soil with Nottingham Forest from 1997 to 2000. The left-back moved to the East Midlands after two years at Swiss aspect Xamax, plus spells in his native France with Lille, Auxerre, Nantes and Amiens between 1983 and 1993.
Nottingham Forest would finally promote Bonalair to FC Zurich for the ultimate yr of the 56-year-old’s profession throughout 2000/01. But he had solely made 51 appearances earlier than departing.
Knockaert now Premier League-bound with Fulham after Forest mortgage spell
Anthony Knockaert is now set for Premier League soccer with Fulham subsequent season after returning to Craven Cottage for his or her Championship title-winning 2021/22 marketing campaign. The former France U21 ahead had spent the earlier time period on mortgage with Nottingham Forest.
The City Ground natives loaned Knockaert upon Fulham sealing promotion to the top-flight for the 2020/21 marketing campaign. Yet the 30-year-old solely supplied two objectives and two assists over 34 second-tier appearances, of which he moreover began simply 24 and earned a crimson card.
Friio noticed out ultimate 18 months of his profession on the City Ground from 2005 to 2006
David Friio joined Nottingham Forest from Plymouth Argyle for what can be the ultimate 18 months of his profession. The midfielder moved to the City Ground in the course of the January window in 2005, however solely loved 22 appearances earlier than hanging up his boots the next yr.
Gary Megson handed Friio 17 of his Nottingham Forest outings in the course of the 2005/06 League One marketing campaign, but solely began 11. His ultimate outing additionally got here in January 2006, so Niakhate would have a low bar to place his title amongst Nottingham Forest’s top-five French gamers.
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