Nottingham Forest could take advantage of club's 'need' to sell as defender eyed

Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
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Young centre-back Etienne Youte Kinkoue is said to be on Nottingham Forest’s radar as they look to strengthen their defensive ranks.

The Reds have until 11pm on August 30 to get their transfer business done after the summer window opened today. And there is plenty of work for the club to do in preparation for the 2024/25 Premier League season.

A mass overhaul of Nuno Espirito Santo’s squad is not required, but Forest will look to make a few key additions. Amid plenty of interest in Brazilian ace Murillo, bolstering their options at centre-back could well be on the club’s to-do list.

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According to L’Equipe (via Get Football News France), the Reds “could make an attempt” to secure Youte Kinkoue signature. West Ham United and another Premier League team are also said to be eyeing the player up, while an unnamed German side are “in talks” to sign him.

Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis and members of the club hierarchy will be familiar with the 22-year-old. Youte Kinkoue made the move to Le Havre in January 2023 from Olympiacos, who are also owned by Marinakis.

It is said Le Havre need to offload some players this summer and are prepared to lose “some of their key assets”. Youte Kinkoue seems likely to be among that group.

An interview with Marinakis earlier this year indicated the template the Reds are likely to follow this summer. He pointed out how Forest have - with some exceptions - looked to bring in young players with the potential to increase in value.

“The selection of players, in majority, that we have signed in the last two or three years are young, extremely talented players. They will ensure the club assets go higher and higher. The reality is this was a wise decision, a clever decision and we see the benefits,” he said.

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