What’s the story?
According to a report in The Daily Mail, a move to Forest seems to be the most likely destination for Cornet if he is to leave Turf Moor this summer, and after impressing during the last campaign, he has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs.
Forest will play their first top-flight game this century when they kick off their campaign next month and will want to ensure they have a strong enough squad to survive – something that Steve Cooper looks to have already made great strides towards following the signings of Taiwo Awoniyi, Neco Williams, Moussa Niakhate, Giulian Biancone, Omar Richards, Lewis O’Brien, Harry Toffolo and Monday’s reports that a deal is now in place for Orel Mangala.
It’d be a big coup
If the newly promoted outfit can land a player of Cornet’s quality ahead of their Premier League rivals then it’ll be a major coup.
Burnley only signed the player from Lyon last summer for £12.9m on a wage of £44k per week, but with the performances he put in last season, it’s clear he’s too good to be playing in the Championship.
His talent was even evident back in 2015 when journalist Robin Bairner called him a “massive talent” and so far he’s lived up to that billing.
Should Forest complete Cornet deal?
He’s still only 25 years old and has a lot of time to get even better, and playing under Cooper who has lots of experience in developing players could be the perfect fit for him.
It will also give the Garibaldi a great chance of avoiding relegation, as he’s proven that he can score plenty of goals in a team that doesn’t create a huge amount of chances.
If Cooper wants to get an upper hand on his rivals heading into what will be a tough campaign, then signing Cornet is exactly what he needs to do.
Fulham are newly promoted too so are also likely to be languishing down near the bottom of the table, and given Everton only narrowly avoided relegation last season there’s no guarantee they will be safe either.