According to The Daily Mail, Nottingham Forest are set to make a second bid for the Wolves centre-back worth £2m after a £1m bid was rejected over the weekend.
As per the report, the newly-promoted side are likely to make another offer for Boly before the transfer window slams shut, however, Wolves are keen to find a replacement before letting go of their player.
Forest have already made 16 signings this summer but in terms of Premier League experience in their centre-back positions and quality, there is definitely room for improvement, especially with Niakhate’s injury.
Steve Cooper confirmed the injury blow to the newly-signed centre-half after a scan revealed the worst:
“He is out for a few months. He had a scan in the week and it didn’t come back too good,” the manager explained.
As a result, the singing of Boly could be a great addition to not only cover Niakhate’s position in the back three but he could also offer a fantastic centre-back partner to Scott McKenna.
The Scotsman joined Forest back in 2020 and has been a consistent and reliable performer in the back-line for his club in the Championship, taking the recent step up to the Premier League in his stride so far.
McKenna has played in all three of their top-flight fixtures so far proving that Cooper clearly trusts him to perform at the level required to challenge comfortably, and when it comes to defensive play the defender has been solid.
The 25-year-old has completed 3.3 clearances per game, winning the majority of both his aerial and ground duels combined (64%) and has been successful in completing the large majority of his dribble attempts too (67%).
Boly has been out-of-favour in the Wolves team so far and has been on the bench for all three of their Premier League fixtures so far after Bruno Lage switched to a back four. However, despite his injury issues last season the 6 foot 5 centre-back offered ten influential performances in the league.
The Ivorian defender, who has been dubbed a “monster” and labelled as “scary” by Conor Coady certainly showed that, making 1.4 interceptions, 2.5 tackles and 3.5 clearances per game, winning the majority of his duels combined (56%). That said, he did also show that he has an element of grace to his game, completing 91% of his passes inside his own half.
In terms of how the pair can complement each other with their talents, Boly appears to be much more successful than McKenna in winning ground duels (60% v 44%), however, McKenna is much better with aerial duels than his position peer (77% v 50%), so combining those strengths could give Cooper an incredibly hard to break partnership in the backline.
With that being said, the signing of Boly would be a great piece of business for Forest, but the powers at The City Ground must act fast as there is not long left in the transfer window to maintain a back and forth with Wolves over the signing and the Reds need a centre-back urgently.