Nottingham Forest are closing in on a deal that would see Abdou Harroui make a move to the City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a report by Dutch media outlet Rijnmond, who claim that Dane Murphy has agreed a fee for the transfer of the Sparta Rotterdam central midfielder, believed to be somewhere in the region of €2.5m (£2.1m) to €3m (£2.6m).
The report goes on to state that Forest have not reached a resolution regarding personal terms with the 23-year-old as yet, however, the Netherlands U21 international has recently flown to Nottingham in order to finalise the details of his contract with Chris Hughton’s side.
Considering just how poor Forest have been so far in their 2021/22 Championship campaign, with Hughton’s side losing all of their four league fixtures this season, leaving them rock bottom of the second tier table, it would certainly appear as if the Garibaldi are desperately in need of a few more signings over what remains of the summer transfer window.
Central midfield, in particular, is a position in which the 62-year-old Forest manager could definitely use a few more bodies, with one of Hughton’s three natural options in the position, Harry Arter, being informed he is free to leave the City Ground this summer.
As such, the news that Murphy looks to be closing in on the signing of Harroui is sure to have both the Forest boss and fans of the club buzzing.
Indeed, the £3.15m-rated man impressed over his 32 Eredivisie appearances for Sparta Rotterdam last season, scoring six goals, providing two assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.2 key passes and taking 2.3 shots per game.
The £1k-per-week midfielder also made an average of one interception, 3.1 tackles and 0.6 clearances per match, in addition to winning possession 0.7 times and a whopping 7.9 duels in each league fixture.
These returns saw Harroui earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.05, ranking him as Henk Fraser’s second-best player in the top flight of Dutch football, with his performances playing a key role in the club securing an impressive eighth-place finish in the league.
So, should the Forest CEO indeed go on to get a deal over the line for the 23-year-old in the coming days, his signing would certainly look to be something of a coup for the Garibaldi, with the midfielder’s arrival potentially being the spark that could help kickstart the club’s Championship campaign.