Nottingham Forest see Moussa Niakhate bid rejected by Mainz

Nottingham Forest have seen a bid for Mainz centre-back Moussa Niakhate rejected by the Bundesliga club, who are seeking a bigger fee than what was initially offered.

Forest are looking to invest in the spine of the team ahead of their long-awaited return to the Premier League and are keen on striker Taiwo Awoniyi and midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White.

Niakhate is a proven top flight player, having made his Ligue 1 debut for Metz aged 21 in 2017/18. He moved to Germany just a year after that and has hardly missed a Bundesliga game for Mainz since – the Frenchman also scored four league goals last season and three in the one before.

90min understands that Forest submitted a €10m (£8.6m) offer to Mainz. But it was rebuffed by officials at the Mewa Arena, who are instead seeking €15m (£12.9m).