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Nottingham Forest issue strong response to player offer

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Nottingham Forest have rejected an approach from Wigan Athletic for defender Tendayi Darikwa, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

The Latics’ offer for Darikwa was reportedly considered to be too low by Forest, as new boss Sabri Lamouchi is in no rush to sell the right-back who was a regular for much of last season.

It is understood Wigan would need to make a much more sizeable offer for the Zimbabwe international in order to tempt the Reds into opening discussions for the player, who they believe has a role to play in the squad next season.

The defender has recently linked up with his Forest teammates after being on international duty at the African Cup of Nations this summer, and he featured in Forest’s 3-0 victory over Atromitos on Saturday.

Darikwa made a total of 31 appearances for Forest last season, and he has been a regular in the right-back role since joining the Reds from Burnley in 2017.

The Verdict

I think it is the right decision for Forest to keep hold of Darikwa, as he is a player with a good attitude who is definitely capable of making a solid contribution next term.

Wigan will be desperate to add an attack-minded right-back to their ranks following the expiration of Reece James’ loan, and Paul Cook must see Darikwa as fitting the bill perfectly.

The Latics would have been hoping that Forest’s change of manager may help push a deal over the line but it appears that quite the opposite is true, as the 27-year-old appears to be firmly in Lamouchi’s plans.

Darikwa is the only recognised senior right-back at Forest currently, but it now looks like he will compete with versatile midfielder Matty Cash for the berth next season.


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