Report: El Arabi Hillel Soudani set for Nottingham Forest after Player of the Year win

Aitor Karanka manager of Middlesbrough celebrates as they reach the final after the Sky Bet Championship Playoff semi final second leg match between Middlesbrough and Brentford at the...

Championship giants Nottingham Forest are reportedly close to a major coup with Soudani arriving from Croatian title winners Dinamo Zagreb.

Dinamo's forward El Arbi Hilal Soudani celebrates after scoring on September 18, 2014 during a UEFA Europa League match GNK Dinamo Zagreb vs. FC Astra Giurgiu at the Maksimir stadium in...

One of the most prolific strikers in European football looks set to be on his way to Nottingham Forest this summer.

The Mail reported last week that Forest had revived their failed January deal to sign Dinamo Zagreb’s talismanic striker El Arabi Hillel Soudani.

And although the City Ground club do not have a great history when it comes to Algerian forwards, with Rafik Djebbour and Djamel Abdoun fresh in the mind, Soundani’s remarkable statistics mean fans are allowed to get excited.

Algeria's Hilal Soudani celebrates after scoring a goal during their WC2014 qualifying football match against Mali on Septenber 10, 2013 in Blida. Algeria won 1-0.    AFP PHOTO FAROUK...

Since moving to the Croatian league from Vitoria Guimaraes in 2013, Soudani has scored 86 goals in 197 games in all competitions and has never failed to hit double figures for Dinamo.

Soudani was the 17-goal top scorer as Dinamo won the title last season and has now been named, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Croatian league’s Player of the Year. According to Algerian publication La Buteur, he is now set to leave the Balkan nation in style.

Dinamo's forward Hilal Soudani (R) vies with Sevilla's midfielder Sergio Escudero  during the UEFA Champions League football match between GNK Dinamo Zagreb and Sevilla at the Maksimir...

It is reported that the 30-year-old is on his way this summer with Nottingham Forest his likely destination.

It seems that Aitor Karanka’s side are closer than ever to a deal, which could be a major coup after the Mail claimed that clubs from China were interested. And it goes without saying that they would have been able to offer him far more money.

But can Soudani be the prolific centre-forward Forest have lacked ever since Britt Assombalonga left for Middlesbrough?

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