Nottingham Forest are being linked with another goalkeeper, with Abdoulaye Diallo the latest shot-stopper said to be figuring on the radar.

Get France Football News report that the Senegal international is a target for the Reds.

New boss Sabri Lamouchi is said to be a fan of a 27-year-old he knows well.

If there is interest, then Diallo could be acquired for nothing.

His contract at Ligue 1 outfit Rennes has come to an end.

He has dropped into the free agent pool as a result and has a big decision to make on his future.

A call had already been made, according to some.

Turkish news outlets reported that Diallo had given his word to Genclerbirligi Spor Kulubu.

Apparently, that is not the case.

Decision

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Get France Football News say talks have been held, but no agreement has been reached.

They report that: “The goalkeeper will not make a decision on his future until after AFCON”.

Diallo is currently away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Senegal are through to the last 16 of that competition and are among the favourites to go all the way.

Forest, and any other suitors, may be left hanging for a few more weeks.

Which is not an ideal situation.

The Reds are, however, in no rush to get another goalkeeper on board.

They are also said to be closing in on Manchester City custodian Arijanet Muric.

The 20-year-old Kosovo international was a target for Martin O’Neill.

Lamouchi is said to be open to the idea of pushing ahead with a deal lined up by his predecessor.

So, Muric could be on his way to the City Ground.

Costel Pantilimon is already there.

As is Luke Steele – with both men having figured in a 2-1 friendly win over Alfreton as Forest kicked off their pre-season campaign.

Benefit

 

The Reds are not short of keeping options.

But more will be welcomed.

Added competition for places is of obvious benefit to any club.

And Diallo would bring useful experience to the fold.

He has turned out in the French top-flight and earned 17 caps for his country – while forming part of Senegal’s squad at the 2018 World Cup.

It is unlikely that he would come in as No. 1.

Lamouchi, though, will be expecting any new arrivals to challenge for starting berths.

Keeping players on their toes will be imperative.

Especially between the sticks, with there still question marks hanging over Pantilimon despite the impressive numbers he posted in 2018-19.