Nottingham Forest have concluded the signing of El Arbi Hillel Soudani from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb. The Reds were first linked with his signature back in January but have finally managed to put a permanent deal together for the Algerian international.
The striker arrives on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee. With a reputation as a hard-working goal-scorer, the player will likely become a fan favourite at the City Ground if he performs as well as he certainly can.
But he does have an interesting link to a player who was certainly not a fan favourite among the Nottingham Forest faithful.
When Soudani made his international debut back in May 2011 he came on as a substitute for a player who will be barely remembered by some Nottingham Forest fans. The player in question was Rafik Djebbour.
Signed from Olympiakos for a fee of £1.2 million it seemed a good deal. Djebbour had performed well in the past with the likes of Panionis, AEK Athens and the Greek giants and Forest would have felt they grabbed a bargain.
But Djebbour was an unmitigated flop at the City Ground. He played just eight times for the club and at one point found himself dropped for a lack of effort by caretaker manager Gary Brazil.
He scored the one goal for Forest, on debut against Yeovil, but never found the net again.
After just six months, Forest released Djebbour from his contract at the club. He went on to join APOEL in Cyprus and thrive and was last with amateur French side Consolat of Marseille.
One of Forest’s greatest flops in recent memory, fans will hope Soudani does not follow the trend of the man he made his international debut in place of.