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Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest have made an opening bid for highly-rated Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar after they opened talks with his agent about a move.

Steve Cooper’s side are making a real splash in this summer’s transfer window.

In total, they have added 12 players to their ranks, including former Manchester United playmaker Jesse Lingard, Neco Williams, Moussa Niakhate and record signing Taiwo Awoniyi, who arrived from Union Berlin for £17.5 million.

Image credit: AlamyThey have spent just over £85 million so far, according to Transfermarkt, and more arrivals are expected in the coming weeks.

Forest, who fell to a 2-0 defeat in their opening day clash against Newcastle, have brought in several defenders in this window, including former Troyes full-back Giulian Biancone and Omar Richards from Bayern Munich.

And now they are keen on improving their midfield with the addition of France international Houssem Aouar.

In fact, Nottingham Forest are the ‘most concrete possibility’ for the 24-year-old, according to French publication L’Equipe, who suggest the Premier League side have ‘made a first offer’ for the former Arsenal transfer target.

Image credit: AlamyIt is believed Aouar is ‘not closed to the idea’ of ​​​​joining England’s top flight and discussions should continue in the coming days.

Leicester City are also reportedly interested in the midfielder.

Image credit: AlamySo how much will they pay? Lyon could consider Aouar’s departure if they receive a bid of around €15m [£12.7m] for the player, say Get French Football News – a potential bargain of the summer.

La Liga side Real Betis are also keen to sign the talented midfielder but the Spanish club would need to sell players first.

Aouar currently has one year remaining on his current deal at Ligue 1 side Lyon.

Thoughts on Forest making a move to sign the French midfielder? Would it be a good addition?

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