Nottingham Forest eye former Leeds flop Habibou – Reports

Date published: Thursday 21st January 2016 8:14

Habib Habibou: Striker currently at French outfit Rennes

Habib Habibou: Striker currently at French outfit Rennes

Nottingham Forest are in a three-way battle to sign former Leeds United flop Habib Habibou, according to reports.

Rennes striker Habibou was signed on loan by then Leeds boss Neil Warnock in January 2013 but failed to make an impression at Elland Road, making only four appearances.

The 28-year-old is now frustrated in France, having made only one substitute appearance this season, and wants to leave Rennes.

According to both the Nottingham Post and French newspaper L’Equipe, Forest are competing with Turkish club¬†Gaziantespspor and Israeli side Hapoel Tel Aviv to sign Habibou.

Last week Forest manager Dougie Freedman admitted he is looking overseas to bring a new striker to the City Ground.

“We probably will have to look at the foreign market, because we believe we are quite strong in that market,” said Freedman.

“We have a lot of contacts there and I will use our scouts to make sure we identify somebody who can play here.

“Can he fit into our team? Can he play with two wingers? We have Mendes, Oliver Burke… I like my wingers. So can this player score goals from crosses? Can he link up play? There is a type of player we need to fit into our system.

“We are looking, there are players out there, but other clubs will be after them and we will need to be patient.”

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