Hilal Soudani is close to signing for Nottingham Forest but they face late competition from Italian side Cagliari, according to the Nottingham Post.
The Algerian forward, who can play as a left winger or as a striker, is set to leave Dinamo Zagreb this summer after a spell full of trophies at the Croatian club. The two clubs have reportedly had ongoing talks this week for a £2.5million deal.
Soudani is set to reject offers from both Saudi Arabia and China in favour of fulfilling his dream to play football in England, showing his willingness to take on a fresh challenge. However, Cagliari are understood to have made a late bid to sign the Algerian.
Having won the League and Cup double this campaign, Soudani would bring a winning mentality to Aitor Karanka’s team. Forest also tried and failed to sign him in the January transfer window.
If he got his wish, Soudani would link up with fellow Algerian international Adlene Guedioura at Nottingham Forest. A deal between the two teams is said to be close.
Soudani has won domestic trophies in Algeria, Portugal and Croatia and is certainly more than ready for a new challenge elsewhere. For the price being paid in the current market today, Cagliari finished 16th in Serie A last season.