Nottingham Forest have a ‘£9.7m’ bid for Maxime Esteve rejected by Montpellier


Nottingham Forest have a ‘£9.7m’ bid for Maxime Esteve rejected by Montpellier – as Steve Cooper’s side look to make their 25TH signing this season to take their spending beyond £170MILLION

  • Nottingham Forest are looking to bolster their defence by adding Maxime Esteve
  • Esteve is highly-rated by Montpellier, who want him until at least this summer
  • The 20-year-old’s current contract has another two-and-a-half years to run

Nottingham Forest have been rebuffed in an approach for Montpellier defender Maxime Esteve.

According to L’Equipe, Forest have had a £9.7million bid with add-ons rejected by the Ligue 1 outfit.

Forest splashed heavily in the summer, signing 23 players at a cost of £163.5m – and have already added to that numerical and financial outlay by adding Gustavo Scarpa ahead of this window.

Maxime Esteve is on Nottingham Forest’s radar but they have had a bid rejected by Montpellier

Twenty-year-old Esteve, who has emerged as one of the brightest young defensive talents in France, has a plethora of suitors with Montpellier determined to keep hold of him until at least the end of the season.

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A 6ft 4in centre back, Esteve’s current contract at the Stade de la Mosson has another two-and-a-half years to run.

As well as Steve Cooper’s side, the likes of Everton and Serie A outfit Sassuolo have also approaches turned down.

Forest are also continuing discussions with Palmeiras for Danilo though he has late interest from Monaco. 

As well as Forest, Everton and Sassuolo are also interested in the highly-sought after defender

As well as Forest, Everton and Sassuolo are also interested in the highly-sought after defender

NOTTINGHAM FOREST SUMMER TRANSFER WINDOW
PLAYER  FROM/ COST 
Morgan Gibbs-White Wolves, £42.5M
Emmanuel Dennis  Watford, £20M 
Taiwo Awoniyi  Union Berlin, £17M 
Neco Williams  Liverpool, £16M 
Orel Mangala  Stuttgart, £12.75M 
Remo Freuler  Atalanta, £9M 
Moussa Niakhate  Mainz, £9M 
Omar Richards  Bayern Munich, £9M 
Lewis O’Brien  Huddersfield, £6M 
Giulian Biancone  Troyes, £5M 
Gustavo Scarpa  Palmeiras, £5M 
Harry Toffolo  Huddersfield, £4M 
Ui-jo Hwang  Bordeaux, £4M 
Willy Boly  Wolves, £2.25M 
Josh Bowler  Blackpool, £2M 
Cheikhou Kouyate Crystal Palace, free 
Jesse Lingard  Manchester United, free 
Wayne Hennessey  Burnley, free 
Brandon Aguilera  Alajuelense, undisclosed
Dean Henderson  Manchester United, loan 
Loic Bade  Rennes, loan 
Renan Lodi  Atletico Madrid, £5M loan fee 
Serge Aurier  Without club, free 
Adnan Kanuric  Without club, free 
TOTAL  £168.5M 
Sources: Daily Mail; reported sources   

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