Nottingham Forest reach agreement in principle with Mainz for Moussa Niakhaté

According to Fabrizio Romano, newly-promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest have reached an agreement in principle with Mainz for central-defender Moussa Niakhaté.

The Frenchman has already reached a verbal agreement with Nottingham Forest regarding personal terms with the two clubs in final discussions over a transfer fee.

Forest’s first offer, reportedly below €10m, was rejected by Mainz who value Niakhaté at around €15m. However, the 26-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and is expected to leave the Bundesliga side for around €12m-€13m.

M05 sporting director Christian Heidel has repeatedly made is clear that he doesn’t want to go into the season with 12 months remaining on Niakhaté’s contract and with no extension in sight, the former French youth international is expected to leave the club this summer.

Since his €6m move from Mets in 2018, Niakhaté has played 128 Bundesliga games for Mainz.

This would be the second time Nottingham Forest have made a move for a Bundesliga player after they signed Taiwo Awoniyi from Union Berlin last week for €20m.


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