Algerian international Abdoun signed for Championship side Forest at the start of last season, and has made 27 appearances for the club.
However, all of those appearances came last term, as Abdoun has yet to receive a single minute of game time under Stuart Pearce, who cast him out of the first-team last summer. Available to find a new club, the 28-year-old has endured a torrid season, but it looks as if he is now on his way out of the City Ground, with a report in Belgium claiming that he is heading for a medical today with Lokeren.
The Jupiler Pro League club have been tracking Abdoun, along with Manchester United’s Marnick Vermijl, and HLN have indicated that the former is set for his medical with the club today. The deal is reported as a loan until the end of the season, with Lokeren able to purchase the winger outright at the end of the deal, although no transfer fee is confirmed.
What does this mean for Nottingham Forest?
Although a promising talent, Abdoun’s work rate leaves much to be desired, and he hardly represents the kind of player Pearce wants in his Forest squad. With the Midlands-based club struggling this term, it has been a surprise to not see the Algerian winger called upon as a last resort, but clearly Pearce had no intention of calling him up to the first-team.
The one benefit of losing Abdoun comes from a financial standpoint. With the club hit by an FFP transfer embargo, the loss of his wages - and potentially a sizeable transfer fee in the summer - will allow Forest to potentially strengthen before the close of the transfer window, knowing that they are within their rights to sign a player who can fill the wage budget left clear by Abdoun’s departure.