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Nottingham Forest are “in talks” to sign Willy Boly

Nottingham Forest are reportedly in the market for another centre-back after an injury to Moussa Niakhate, and now a reliable source has named a potential transfer target who could be the 17th signing of the summer at The City Ground.

What’s the latest?

According to The Telegraph’s midlands football reporter John Percy, Nottingham Forest are looking to sign Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back Willy Boly.

Percy tweeted: “NFFC are in talks with Wolves over a possible deal for centre-half Willy Boly. Opening offer of around £1m rejected, talks ongoing though nothing believed to be imminent as Wolves will try to sign a replacement.

“Forest moved for Boly after the injury to Moussa Niakhate.”

Imagine him & Worrall

There is no doubt that Steve Cooper and the powers at The City Ground will need to set their sights on adding depth to their centre-back positions over the remaining days of the transfer window after the Forest boss confirmed the Niakhate could be out for a few months.

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As a result, after signing Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolves last week, they could now snatch up another star from the Molineux as Boly could be a great addition in the Forest backline to deal with the absence of Niakhate comfortably.

Cooper, who prefers to play three at the back in his defensive line, could even form a great centre-back partnership with club captain Joe Worrall and the £50k-per-week machine if the club can secure his signature over the next week.

Over last season in the Championship, Worrall showed strengths in positioning, ground duels and tackling, winning 63% of his aerial and ground duels combined, making 1.8 interceptions, 1.9 tackles and 3.1 clearances per game, proving that he was a solid force in the Forest back-line.

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Despite suffering with injury issues last season Boly, who was dubbed “unique” by Joleon Lescott, did make an impact in the Wolves back three over his ten appearances in the Premier League, winning 56% of his duels, making 1.4 interceptions, 2.5 tackles and 3.5 clearances per game, offering similarly solid defensive attributes to Worrall.

With that being said, if the club can seal a deal for Boly, combining his similar authoritative defensive skills with Worrall, could make him a huge addition for Forest as they seek to add some much-needed cover for Niakhate over the next few months.

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