He admits however he is not getting ahead of himself, having seen a deal to sign Ben Hamer on loan collapse.
Freedman said of Lille striker Michael Frey: "Yeah (we are) very close."
He however countered: "I said that last week with Ben Hamer and it didn't happen so let's keep working on it behind the scenes and push it over the line."
The Sun is reporting Forest aim to complete the Frey deal today (Wednesday).
Ben Hamer had been set to sign with Forest on loan, even pictured with Dougie Freedman in late July, but as a deal collapsed over wages, he completed a move to Bristol City instead yesterday, as confirmed via the club's official website.
Forest have been looking for a goalkeeper all summer and really thought they had their man, much to Freedman's frustration.
He told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We are very disappointed. We need a goalkeeper, for competition. I don't think fair to ask Dorus to play the whole year for 46 games, we are actively looking for a goalkeeper."
Forest remain restricted to only loan signings or free agent additions each with wage restrictions, due to a transfer embargo imposed by the Football League.