Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has set his sights on Chamois Niortais forward Ibrahim Sissoko, according to a report.
The French frontman has scored nine goals in 18 games in all competitions this season, an impressive tally considering the Ligue 2 side sit three places from bottom.
Sissoko has contributed to over half of this team’s entire goal tally this season, scoring eight and assisting one of their 16 goals.
Forest also face competition from Turkish league side Besiktas who have earmarked the Niortais striker as a potential January signing.
The Championship side have relied on star man Lewis Grabban to find the back of the net this season, but Lamouchi has very few options up front with young Spanish forward Rafa Mir having struggled to establish himself at the City ground.
Mir arrived from Wolverhampton Wanderers on a one-year-loan deal, but is yet to register his first goal, so the Forest boss will be looking to alleviate the pressure off Grabban with the signing of Sissoko.
But despite making his signing their ‘priority’, the Championship play-off contenders face an uphill struggle to sign the forward in January.
The 24-year-old has said expressed his intention to stay with his side until the end of the season as he wants to ‘reach a plateau’ before considering a move away from the second division strugglers.