As per the report, the Frenchman is headed for AEK Athens in Greece instead despite being in advanced negotiations with Forest throughout the transfer window.
Cooper won’t lose sleep over the deal not being completed as his current right-back options have been outstanding so far in 2022/23.
Although Forest are currently in the relegation zone sitting in 19th place, there are some players in the team that have been outstanding performers with Neco Williams in particular delivering a great output throughout the current campaign.
According to SofaScore, the Wales international is the highest rated player in the Nottingham Forest squad over their six outings so far with a rating of 7.10, and it’s hardly surprising when you take a look at his hard work in the side.
From an attacking point of view, the 21-year-old has created two big chances and made 1.5 key passes per match. Meanwhile, in a defensive capacity, Williams has made 1.8 interceptions, 4.5 tackles and 1.7 clearances per game, as well as winning 53% of his duels combined.
All of that proves the dynamic full-back is offering solid defensive play as well as progressing the ball forward for attacking opportunities.
Sidibe would likely not be needed in the team even if Williams was not available to start for Forest as they have also signed Giulian Biancone in their pursuit of adding more quality to their backline over the season ahead.
There is no doubt the World Cup winner who was hailed “unbelievable” by Duncan Ferguson would have added depth and Premier League experience to the team following his time at Everton, however, it is unlikely he would get into the team over the up and coming Biancone and Williams.
With that being said, Cooper will be hoping that both his right-backs can offer enough strength and quality over the season ahead to ensure the Tricky Trees have retained their Premier League status this time next year.
At the moment, it looks like no Sidibe, no problem for Forest.