Houssem Aouar Transfer News: According to rumours, Crystal Palace is prepared to sabotage Nottingham Forest’s projected acquisition of Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.
Although Steve Cooper’s Forest and the 24-year-old have personal terms in place, they are now unable to match Lyon’s €15 million asking price for the player. According to L’Equipe, Palace has now acknowledged interest in Aouar. They are prepared to make a bid for the Frenchman, whose contract has one year remaining.
This week, it was asserted that Aouar and Forest had a “provisional contract agreement.”
The player, his representatives, and Cooper’s side have reportedly achieved “a comprehensive agreement” over a transfer to The City Ground, according to the French outlet RMC.
Houssem Aouar Transfer News: Two bids rejected
However, The Reds have already had two offers for Aouar rejected. They might have to compete with Palace for his services.
While Arsenal was previously said to be interested in the player and was predicted to make a £55 million approach for him in 2020. In recent times, Leicester City and Real Betis have also been linked with the player.
Aouar made an impression against Manchester City in Lyon’s 2020 Champions League quarterfinal before giving a standout effort in their loss to Bayern Munich. Aouar progressed through Lyon’s youth teams. He made his first-team debut in the club’s 4-1 Europa League triumph over AZ Alkmaar in 2017.
Since then, he has played for the team in more than 200 games and scored 40 goals. He has also played for the senior team twice in the past two years. He has represented France at various age levels.
Forest has tried numerous times to land Aouar. The player has one career cap for the France national side. The two clubs are reportedly about £4 million away from getting the deal done.
Steve Cooper keen on the midfielder
Steve Cooper is eager to expand his No. 10 lineup. Nottingham has been connected to a number of players. Morgan Gibbs-White is one of the club’s primary targets before the transfer window shuts. However, Wolves want to keep him and have set the midfielder’s price at £40 million.
Aouar might combine well with Cheick Doucoure, who earlier this summer joined the south London club from Lens, in Palace’s attempt to strengthen their midfield.
At the beginning of the season, Will Hughes and Jeffrey Schlupp both filled that position, but given his expertise, Aouar would provide more quality to the midfield.