Nottingham Forest are set to continue their foray into the French market with a move for LB Châteauroux defender Christopher Opéri.

That’s according to La Nouvelle République, who say Forest have turned their attention to the 23-year-old Ivorian after missing out on first choice Nikolas Ioannou.

The player has instead decided to join German club Bielefeld, and so Opéri is now at the top of their list.

La Nouvelle République say that, according to their information, Nottingham Forest have already seen a first offer rejected by Châteauroux because ‘it did not correspond’ to the French club’s ‘financial expectations’.

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What those expectations are isn’t mentioned, while it’s made clear that they do not know at this point whether Forest have made a second attempt as their efforts to get clarification from the player’s agent Jérôme Leroy went unanswered.

However, they do speculate that there could be competition for his signature from another team in red, Olympiakos.

They happen to also be owned by Nottingham Forest owner Evangelos Marinakis, and the website suggest he could go to the Greek side and then be sent on loan to Nottingham Forest.

That, though, would be dependant on them failing to get a deal for Rio Ave left-back Matheus Reis over the line.

Seemingly, Opéri’s future is up in the air, but what is obvious is that Nottingham Forest are keen and have already seen a bid rejected by Châteauroux.