Lyon ‘reject bid for Houssem Aouar from Nottingham Forest’ as Steve Cooper’s summer spending spree is set to continue… but they could face competition from Leicester for the French midfielder
- Nottingham Forest’s bid for Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar ‘has been rejected’
- The French star is also drawing interest from Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester City
- The Foxes are yet to make a signing while Forest have spent over £100million
Lyon have rejected an undisclosed bid from Nottingham Forest for attacking midfielder Houssem Aouar, according to reports.
The French international has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 side for the third consecutive summer, and French outlet L’Equipe are now reporting that the player is open to a move to the Premier League.
Although Steve Cooper’s newly-promoted side have already submitted an offer for the 24-year-old, they may face competition from Leicester, a report from Foot Mercato added.
Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar has drawn interest from Nottingham Forest and Leicester
Aouar has long been a target for Arsenal, having drawn strong interest last summer, and with just one year left on his contract the midfielder looks set to finally leave Lyon before the end of this window.
But it seems that it is another Premier League side that will land his signature before the end of the window, with Forest reportedly drawing first blood in a seemingly two-way duel with the Foxes.
Cooper’s side have already spent more than £100million this window in a summer spending spree involving 12 signings, and they will hope that Aouar can become the lucky number 13 as they bid to stay in the division.
Steve Cooper’s Nottingham Forest have spent over £100million this summer on 12 players
Forest have already signed four midfielders in Orel Mangala, Lewis O’Brien, Brandon Aguilera and Jesse Lingard, and if Saturday’s 2-0 loss to Newcastle was anything to go by, Cooper faces a tall order incorporating yet another player into his squad.
Get French Football News (GFFN) have reported that the 24-year-old is open to the move to England, with further talks expected in the coming days following Forest’s unsuccessful opening gambit.
Leicester’s interest in the player is thought to stem from Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta shifting his sights to Foxes midfielder Youri Tielamans, with Brendan Rodgers keen to bring in a replacement.
The Foxes have identified Lyon’s Aouar as a potential Youri Tielemans replacement
The Belgian midfielder has less than 12 months left on his contract, and while the Foxes are keen to avoid losing the 25-year-old for free next summer, they are holding out for their £30m asking price.
Leicester, who let slip a two goal lead against Brentford on the opening weekend of the season to draw 2-2, have not yet made a signing this summer despite heavy interest in a number of his players and the departure of club captain and No 1 goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.
Aouar would prove to be a good replacement for the creative Tielemans – he has scored 40 goals and provided 35 assists in 215 games for Lyon – but could also compete with James Maddison – another player attracting interest – higher up the pitch.
Belgian international Tielemans has made 120 Premier League appearances for Leicester