Could uncertainty over Martin O’Neill’s future deny Nottingham Forest another shot at Sada Thioub?
There’s no doubt that any managerial uncertainty could scupper summer transfer plans. There will be a number of teams already compiling a list of potential targets.
The Reds did make a late move to sign Thioub in January, L’Equipe reported, only for them to run out of time to get the deal over the line.
In L’Equipe’s report, it did explain that the deal was complex and could be revisited in the summer. But would that still be the case if the Reds were to decide that O’Neill wasn’t the man to lead the club forward next season?
Since a move to the City Ground didn’t materialise, the 23-year-old winger has gone on to make a further nine appearances in Ligue 1 for Nîmes Olympique. These included games against the likes of Montpellier and Paris Saint-Germain.
His most recent contribution came last weekend in a 2-0 win against SM Caen. He was introduced as a substitute before assisting Denis Bouanga’s opening goal with a superb cross.
Bernard Blaquart rewarded him for his efforts by naming him in the starting line-up against Stade Rennais in midweek.
Whoever is in control of the club’s summer transfer business, they will be looking to sign the best talent to give the Reds the best possible chance of promotion to the Premier League.
There’s no doubt that Thioub, valued at £4.95m by TransferMarkt, seems to fall into this category. The Senegal international has three goals and four assists to his name this season.
When the Reds missed out on Thioub over two months ago there would’ve been disappointment. But there was still hope they could revisit the deal in the summer.
Depending on how the managerial situation develops, it’s a deal that could well become more complicated as the summer transfer window approaches.