Nottingham Forest have found out their chances of landing Paris Saint-Germain forward Arnaud Kalimuendo after reportedly making an approach for the France U21 international.
The Reds are busy preparing for a return to the Premier League after winning promotion via the Championship play-offs. One transfer target is Wolves attacking midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.
The Englishman had an exceptional season with Sheffield United on loan. He managed 12 goals and 10 assists in 37 matches for the Blades.
But Nottingham Forest will have to put up a significant sum to land Gibbs-White, as Wolves want to keep him. According to Football Insider, the star will cost £25million.
Gibbs-White isn’t the only player they are looking at as French outlet Foot Mercato claim they would like to sign Kalimuendo.
The 20-year-old has made 10 appearances for France U21s, scoring four goals.
He is a product of the PSG academy and is still on their books, although he has spent the last two seasons on loan at Lens.
The starlet hit eight goals, as well as chipping in with six assists, during his first season there.
Arnaud Kalimuendo impressing on loan
Kalimuendo improved on these numbers during the recently concluded campaign. He found the net 13 times in 38 matches. That includes Ligue 1 braces against Stade Reims and Nice.
Kalimuendo’s impressive form helped Lens finish seventh in the French top flight for the second season running.
Given the attacker’s great performances and quick development, it’s no surprise Forest are hoping to sign him.
Foot Mercato state Steve Cooper’s side have made an approach to Kalimuendo and his entourage.
They wanted to discover if he was open to moving to the City Ground this summer. A big attraction for the move would be regular game time, which he won’t get at PSG just yet.
However, Kalimuendo has ‘politely declined’ the proposal. It seems he wishes to remain in France and potentially get another loan in Ligue 1 this summer.
The player’s ultimate goal is to represent PSG. And another loan in France would help him stay on club officials’ radar.
Forest will therefore need to pursue alternative attacking targets. Their chase of Gibbs-White could get more intense, although he isn’t a striker.
Meanwhile, Forest are reportedly in the mix to sign an Arsenal player as a replacement for Djed Spence.