According to Foot Mercato, talks between Nottingham Forest and Lyon have broken down as a second offer for Houssem Aouar (24) was turned down. Forest reportedly didn’t appreciate the attitude of Lyon’s director of football, Vincent Ponsot, with the Premier League side not best pleased with the Frenchman’s remarks during negotiations.
Whilst Houssem Aouar has a “total agreement” in place to join newly-promoted Nottingham Forest, the Premier League club haven’t met Lyon’s asking price, and Crystal Palace are now set to join the hunt for the player, which was reported earlier today by L’Équipe. Palace are likely to take advantage of the situation with Forest within the next few days.
Earlier in the week, sources contacted by Get French Football News revealed that the agents of Aouar had a provisional contract in place with Nottingham Forest. That then turned into a “total agreement” on Tuesday, according to RMC.
However, Nottingham Forest have yet to agree a fee with Lyon. The Ligue 1 club want €15m for the midfielder, but Nottingham Forest’s last offer was only €10m, which also included sell-on bonuses. L’Équipe report that the €15m fee isn’t “inaccessible” to Nottingham Forest, even though they have already signed 14 players this summer.