Reported Nottingham Forest target Mbaye Diagne says he did not realise he had included the Championship side’s badge on a picture he posted on Instagram, and that he does not know if anyone has been in touch with his current club, Galatasaray, about a potential transfer.
Diagne is currently out on-loan at Club Brugge, although he hasn’t played for the recently crowned Belgian champions since missing a penalty that he had not been supposed to take in a Champions League clash with PSG last November.
Despite that controversy, reports in the Turkish press have linked the striker with a move to Forest when the transfer window reopens, and Diagne himself only added to that speculation with an Instagram post that included Forest’s badge alongside an image of himself.
Now however, it appears as though that was not meant to happen, as speaking about that social media post, Diagne told The Guardian: “I posted it but I didn’t realise what was on it, and it certainly wasn’t anything official.
“But once it was done, it was done. It wasn’t intentional.”
On the issue of a potential move to England, Diagne – who has also been linked with Leeds recently – continued: “Any negotiations would have to go through Galatasaray and I don’t know if anyone has been in touch with them.”
The Senegalese international had scored four goals in just six league outings for Brugge prior to his exile by the club, and has also scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for Galatasaray after joining the club last year.
There are currently just over three years remaining on Diagne’s contract with Galatasaray, securing his future in Turkey until the summer of 2023.
This is something of a strange one.
It seems unlikely that Diagne would not have noticed the presence of the Forest badge on his post given its prominence in the image, although it may simply be the case that he did not realise what it represented.
Either way, you could certainly understand the interest from The City Ground in Diagne, given his recent record and the club’s need to find some support upfront for Lewis Grabban, meaning it will be interesting to see if they do indeed make an approach to Galatasaray off the back of this.