Now 24 and playing for Nice in Ligue 1, central defender Fanni has emerged as a wanted man in France, with Marseille keen on a deal.
"I want to play for a bigger club than Nice," Fanni told skysports.com.
"I really love English football and I look at a number of clubs.
"I had a trial period at Nottingham Forest. I was sorry that I wasn't signed because the training sessions were fantastic, and I felt so good."