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Nottingham Forest can land dream Paqueta alternative in Houssem Aouar

Nottingham Forest have seen a significant number of new players coming to the club during this summer’s transfer window.

However, they still haven’t been able to sign every player that they have reportedly been chasing.

One recent example of this is Lucas Paqueta, who after being linked with a move to the City Ground ended up joining fellow Premier League outfit West Ham United from Lyon for a club-record fee of £51m.

With less than 48 hours left until the transfer window closes, one other player who has also been linked with a move to Forest and who could be their dream alternative to the Brazilian is another Lyon star in the shape of Houssem Aouar.

In 243 appearances for the French club across their senior and youth teams, the 24-year-old has found the net 47 times and supplied 36 assists along the way.

To highlight the attacking attributes that both he and Paqueta have, last season saw the £17m-valued player top Lyon’s list for successful dribbles (75) alongside the new West Ham recruit. In fact, Paqueta (117) was the only player at the Groupama Stadium to record more shot-creating actions than the Frenchman (102) last term.

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However, Aouar made more carries into the final third of the pitch (77) than any of his team-mates, showing the attacking threat that he has in and what he’d be able to offer Steve Cooper’s side.

He also attempted more dribbles (136) than any other Lyon player in the league last season, which shows just how keen he is to get on the ball and take on his opponents to get his team up the pitch.

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Taking all this into account, having obviously missed out on signing the Brazil international, the next best thing could be bringing his former Lyon team-mate to England instead.

Hailed as a “technically outstanding” player by journalist Adam White, Aouar would undoubtedly help Cooper’s side to create goalscoring opportunities, which is something that Forest could do with as they currently have the joint-lowest number of goal-creating actions (two) in the Premier League so far this season.

With time running out before the transfer deadline hits, if Forest want to end their staggering summer period of business on a high note, securing the Lyon gem’s signature would not only give them a new talent for Cooper to use in his team, but also help them to forget about missing out on Paqueta.

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