Nottingham Forest midfielder Fouad Bachirou is edging closer to an exit from the City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a report by Cypriot media outlet Sport FM, who claimed that Omonia Nicosia have identified the 31-year-old as their primary transfer target for an addition to their midfield, with the website dubbing the Comoros international as the Protathlima Cyta side’s “chosen one” this summer.
It would seem unlikely that Dane Murphy will stand in the way of the Cypriot club’s potential move, as it has previously been reported that the midfielder is not a part of Chris Hughton’s first team plans ahead of the new Championship season, with the 62-year-old informing Bachirou that he is free to find a new club in the summer transfer window.
Having joined Nottingham Forest from Malmo in a £603,000 move last summer, with Sabri Lamouchi giving the midfielder a two-year deal on a reported £18k-per-week, it would be fair to say that Bachirou has neither justified his transfer fee nor his rather hefty weekly wage during his time at the club.
Only one of those came in the Championship, with the midfielder dubbed an “important” player by the Nordic Football Podcast when coming on as a second half substitute in a 0-0 draw with Barnsley, despite his performance in the fixture earning him a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.50.
As such, considering his lack of involvement within Forest’s first team squad, plus Hughton’s comments regarding the Comoran’s future in Nottingham, it would indeed appear wise for Murphy to cash in on the midfielder while the interest is there. To put it bluntly, Bachirou has been nothing but a waste of money for the Championship club thus far.