Nottingham Forest have had their initial bid for Moussa Niakhate rejected, with Mainz holding out for 13 million for the Premier League-linked centre-back, according to the report from BILD.
After selling Jerry St Juste to Sporting Lisbon, German football clubs are understandably keen to avoid cashing in on the Dutchmans'' former centre-back partner.
Mainz are under no illusions. Niakhate is almost certain to follow Saint Juste out the door before the summer comes to an end.
We''re anticipating Moussa to leave, according to sports director Christian Heidel last week. It''s calm on our side, but I do not believe that its as well as Moussa''s agent.
According to The Telegraph, Everton and West Ham were linked a couple of weeks ago.
Both clubs appear to have dropped their attention elsewhere, but The Toffees have placed James Tarkowski and the Hammers on a 20 million offer for Rennes wing Nayef Aguerd.
Nottingham Forest, which has been named as Nottingham Forest, are not just in pole position, but they appear to be the only realistic destination at this stage anyway for a player who has rejected a move to Wolfsburg due to his desire to play Premier League football.
Forest will need to allocate more than 9 million to the floor if they are serious about bringing Mainz 6ft 3ins captain to the City Ground, according to the BILD.
According to reports, the Rhineland-based outfit is holding out for 13 million people, rejecting the Nottingham Forests'' opening offer as a result.
Taiwo Awoniyi, a former Liverpool youngster, was also in negotiations to join Niakhates'' former MEWA Arena team. This term, the former Manchester United coach sacked Union Berlin into Europe.
Only five players in the league scored more than his 15 goals. Among them were Robert Lewandowski, Erling Haaland, Patrick Schick, and Christopher Nkunku. There''s certainly a lot of work to keep.