Nottingham Forest close on £13m deal for Mainz captain Moussa Niakhate

Nottingham Forest’s busy summer of recruitment edges towards its fourth signing with £13m deal for Mainz captain Moussa Niakhate… with boss Steve Cooper still chasing both Neco Williams and Omar Richards

  • Nottingham Forest have wasted little time in bolstering their squad this summer  
  • Steve Cooper has signed Dean Henderson, Taiwo Awoniyi and Giulian Biancone 
  • Now a deal for Mainz captain Moussa Niakhate is close to being finalised
  • Neco Williams and Omar Richards are two other deals Forest are working on 

Nottingham Forest are poised to clinch the signing of Moussa Niakhate from Mainz as they work on deals for Neco Williams and Omar Richards.

Niakhate’s signing was due to be announced on Wednesday for £13million, with the defender becoming Forest’s fourth summer signing – with the fifth and sixth set to follow in the coming days.

Liverpool full-back Williams, a regular in the Wales team, has been a target for Forest since the beginning of the transfer window while the club are in talks with Bayern Munich for Richards, with a deal worth about £10m being discussed.

 Mainz captain Moussa Niakhate is ready to become Nottingham Forest’s latest signing

Steve Cooper has wasted no time in making moves following their promotion to the top flight

It has been a busy summer for Forest, who have already signed England goalkeeper Dean Henderson on loan from Manchester United, as well as concluding permanent deals for forward Taiwo Awoniyi and defender Giulian Biancone.

Owner Evangelos Marinakis is prepared to bankroll a significant summer spending campaign after Forest sealed promotion to the top flight for the first time this century, and their moves in the market are unlikely to end there.

Boss Steve Cooper retains strong interest in Wolves playmaker Morgan Gibbs-White, while Forest have also agreed a new four-year deal with star forward Brennan Johnson. 

Yet Forest are not the only club chasing Gibbs-White, who had a fine season on loan at Sheffield United in 2021-22.

Cooper also holds strong interest in both Neco Williams (left) and Morgan Gibbs-White (right)

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