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Liverpool target Houssem Aouar closing in on a move to Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, as tweeted by GFFN on Twitter (h/t Liverpool Echo), Nottingham Forest are closing in on Liverpool-linked Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar.

The French international has been subject to interest from the Merseyside in the previous years with Jurgen Klopp keen to add him to his ranks.

The French midfielder has been on the cusp of leaving the Ligue 1 outfit in the previous years however, with one year remaining on his contract, it is likely that Lyon are willing to cash in.

Houssem Aouar has been on Liverpool and Arsenal's transfer radar.
Houssem Aouar has been on Liverpool’s transfer radar. (imago Images)

He has made 216 appearances in all competitions, contributing to 40 goals and 35 assists for Lyon, and will be a useful addition to the squad. He is a central midfielder by trade and can slot in very well alongside Fabinho at left or right side of central midfield.

It remains to be seen if the Reds still hold an interest in him. He is one of the most well-known midfielders in France that doesn’t play for Paris Saint-Germain.

Jurgen Klopp could do with signing a proven player like him rather than scoring the market for relatively unknown youngsters.

Houssem Aouar in action for Lyon
Houssem Aouar in action for Lyon.

Will he be a good addition to Liverpool?

Following injuries to Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool will be wise to have a look at another midfielder to slot in.

There have been some players which have been subject to interest from Liverpool in the previous weeks with midfielders Marcelo Brozovic and Matheus Nunes part of the mix. However, it would not be wrong to suggest Aouar’s name in the contention.

Following injuries to Thiago Alcantara and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, it would be wise for Liverpool to have another look at the midfielder and reignite the interest shown in the player previously.

Houssem Aouar
Houssem Aouar

What’s next for Houssem Aouar

There has not been the best of relationships between Lyon and the player with instances of disciplinary actions also issued against him. This has also resulted in him being omitted from the French national team after making his debut in October 2020.

With a potential deal on the verge of conclusion between Nottingham Forest and Lyon for the transfer of Houssem Aouar, it might provide the perfect opportunity for him to have a fresh start at a newly promoted club and mark a name for himself.

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Potentially, this will bring back the attention of the top clubs to his playmaking abilities including Liverpool, who have shown interest previously.