Qatari side Al Gharafa have announced that Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura is undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed move to the club, The Nottingham Post have reported.
Earlier in the summer, newly appointed Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi revealed that Guedioura had asked to leave the club after returning from Algeria’s victorious Africa Cup of Nations campaign.
Now, it appears as though Guedioura is close to getting his desired departure, with the latest reports of a medical indicating that a fee has been agreed between the two clubs for the 33-year-old.
Last season, Gharafa finished eighth in Qatar’s 12 team top tier, and have previously won the country’s national championship on seven occasions, although not since 2010.
Guedioura is currently in his second spell at Forest, having previously spent time at the club between 2012 and 2013, before returning to the City Ground from Middlesbrough in January 2018.
In total, Guedioura has made exactly 100 appearances in all competitions for Forest, scoring six goals, although he has yet to feature for the club in either League or Cup competition this season.
This probably suits all parties concerned.
Given the size of Forest’s current squad, you feel it would suit them to get a few players off the wage budget, particularly given the recruitment they have done over the summer.
As a result, they are probably one of the few sides in the division who would not have to worry about the fact that they will not be able to bring a replacement in for Guedioura due to the transfer window being closed.
I am however, slightly surprised by Guedioura’s choice of destination. Although he may not want to stay at Forest, you do feel that the midfielder is capable of playing a part for a side at this sort of level, and I don’t imagine it will be that sort of quality he will encounter in Qatar, even though it may be a more financially lucrative prospect for the 33-year-old, which admittedly may suit him as he approaches the end of his career.