According to French news outlet RMC Sport, Nottingham Forest are interested in signing out-of-contract right-back Serge Aurier this summer after he left Villarreal at the end of last term.
French clubs Reims and Nantes are also appealed by the idea of signing the full-back but he would favour a move to Spain, England or Italy.
There is no doubt that Steve Cooper and the powers at The City Ground have wasted no time or resources in building a team that can compete in the Premier League, but the Forest boss could be heading for his first transfer error if the club acquired the services of Aurier.
It is no secret that the 29-year-old had a tumultuous time when he was last in the Premier League at Tottenham Hotspur, with countless errors that cost his team on numerous occasions.
Branded an “absolute liability” by talkSPORT pundit Jamie O’Hara, Aurier was renowned for his slip-ups in the Spurs back-line and displayed a poor attitude in a number of incidents of misconduct investigated by his former club.
One of his most notable fall-outs came from a clash with Jose Mourinho after being subbed at half-time against Liverpool, when the player then stormed out of the stadium before the second half commenced.
Aurier is no stranger to getting booked, with two red cards and 11 yellow cards for Spurs, and 18 cautions accompanied by one red at Paris Saint-Germain.
It doesn’t seem like Aurier has learnt his lesson either, as back in March he was sent off in the first half of a friendly for Ivory Coast against England at Wembley, earning a red card for dissent in his first appearance back on English soil since having his contract terminated at Spurs.
The last thing that Cooper needs right now in his dressing room is a player who could cause an unwanted atmosphere or cost the side vital points in their quest to retain their Premier League status at the end of the season.
With that being said, Marinakis must avoid the signing of Aurier and identify other potential targets to add depth to the position. Given the player’s previous attitude and problems with discipline, he could be more of a hindrance than a help over the season ahead.