Nottingham Forest’s bid for Mainz defender Moussa Niakhaté was ‘well under’ €10m and elicited a ‘weary smile’ at best from the Bundesliga side.

That’s according to Kicker, who carry quotes from sporting director Christian Heidel, who is quoted as saying, “at the moment, it doesn’t look like the transfer will work out.”

According to the newspaper’s information, the first offer from Nottingham Forest was ‘well below’ €10m, which is the ‘pain threshold’ for Mainz.

Thus a move to the newly-promoted Premier League side is currently not on the cards, despite the 26-year-old eyeing up a move to England’s top flight this summer.

He wants to ‘fulfil his dream’, and England is his ‘favoured destination’, while a transfer makes sense for his club as the player is in the final year of his deal.

Nottingham Forest are those currently showing the most interest, but their bid was far below what was needed.

Mainz are hopeful that more, and crucially better, offers ‘will soon come flooding in’, and there is a hope Steve Cooper’s side will increase their bid as well.

Until they do, though, Niakhaté will be staying in Germany, waiting for someone to make his dream come true in this window.