Nottingham Forest reportedly made a seven-figure offer for FC Chambly defender Oumar Gonzalez according to Le Parisien.
FC Chambly president Fulvio Luzi had previously revealed that an unnamed Championship side had made a bid for the 22-year-old, but the club were unable to sell the central defender midway through this year’s campaign.
It has now been claimed by Le Parisien that the club that had the bid turned down was indeed Nottingham Forest, who are challenging for promotion this term in the second-tier of English football.
Gonzalez had previously revealed in an interview with Le Parisien that he admired English football, and labelled it as a dream to play over there at some stage in his career.
“When you’re a professional footballer, you don’t know what tomorrow will be made of. It’s true that England is a league I appreciate a lot. It’s my style in terms of duels, contact. It’s one of my dreams to play over there, but I’m under contract with FC Chambly.”
Nottingham Forest seem to be coping well without Gonzalez arriving at the City Ground, with Sabri Lamouchi’s side well in contention to challenge for promotion into the Premier League.
The Reds are currently sat fifth in the Championship table, and will be confident that they can achieve a top-six finish this season, with the automatic promotion places looking like a tough ask for Lamouchi’s men this term.
However, their push for promotion has been put on hold for the time being due to off-the-field events, although Forest have recently returned to training.
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They won’t be disappointed to not get a deal over the line for Gonzalez.
Forest already have a number of strong options available to them in defence, and I’m not convinced that he would have been an upgrade on any of the players Lamouchi has available at the back.
The Reds have really impressed me this season in the Championship, and they would be my favourites to win the play-offs if they finished in the top-six.
If they do win promotion, then I wouldn’t be surprised to see Forest go back in for Gonzalez in the summer transfer window.