Winning back-to-back KNVB Cups with PSV Eindhoven, Ibrahim Sangare is no stranger to silverware.
Nottingham Forest didn’t just dip their toes into the transfer market, they took a full-on plunge, roping in PSV Eindhoven’s midfielder Ibrahim Sangare with a reported £30 million tag and AC Milan’s striker Divock Origi on a loan deal.
But wait, there’s more! Chelsea’s young talent, winger Callum Hudson-Odoi, also hopped on the Forest train for a sum less than £5 million as the club made an eye-popping seven signings just as the clock ticked down on transfer deadline day.
Alongside these standout names, Forest added midfielder Nicolas Dominguez from Bologna and goalkeeper Odysseas Vlachodimos from Benfica. Andrew Omobamidele, a defender from Norwich, was snagged for £11 million, and Arsenal’s full-back Nuno Tavares also joined the ranks on loan.
The Ivorian international, Sangare, inked a five-year deal, eclipsing the club’s previous record signing of Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolverhampton for an initial £25 million last year—a number that might still rise.
In the Origi subplot, Forest holds an option to make the loan move of the 28-year-old Belgian international and ex-Liverpool forward a permanent affair. Forest’s chief football officer, Ross Wilson, quipped, “Origi is back in the Premier League, giving our squad’s attacking arsenal a much-needed upgrade.”
Hudson-Odoi, an England international with three caps to his name, committed to a three-year contract after making an impressive 156 appearances with Chelsea. The 22-year-old winger was also on loan at Bayer Leverkusen last season. “Forest is my new home. New beginnings? I say bring it on,” he commented.
Despite spending nearly his entire career at Chelsea, Hudson-Odoi’s rise to stardom was eclipsed, and his final outing with the Blues was back in March 2022.
Tavares, a 23-year-old Portuguese player, who had initially made an £8 million switch from Benfica to Arsenal in 2021, is now Forest-bound. He had spent the previous season on loan at Marseille and managed to net six goals in 31 Ligue 1 matches, aiding Marseille’s third-place finish. “I’m ecstatic to be a part of this iconic club, Forest. The Premier League is where the magic happens, and I’m glad to stay,” Tavares noted.
Their summer spree has led to a total of 13 new faces, including Anthony Elanga, Matt Turner, Ola Aina, Andrey Santos, Gonzalo Montiel, and Murillo.
Dominguez, an Argentine international with 11 caps, had been a Bologna regular for three-and-a-half years after transferring from Velez Sarsfield. His five-year deal coincides with Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler making his exit to Bologna—though it’s a bit confusing whether it’s a permanent move or a loan.
Vlachodimos, a 29-year-old Greek international, is now locked in with Forest until the summer of 2027. An essential part of Benfica’s Portuguese league win last season, he is anticipated to challenge Turner for the starting goalie position.
Summing it up, Ross Wilson stated, “Odysseas is a top-tier addition to our goalkeeping lineup, coming with a wealth of experience that could add some serious heat to the competition between the posts.”
And so closes another hectic, yet thrilling, transfer deadline day. Keep your eyes peeled for how these signings shake up Forest’s season.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Nottingham Forest transfer news
Who are the seven players Nottingham Forest signed on the transfer deadline day?
Nottingham Forest signed Ibrahim Sangare, Divock Origi, Callum Hudson-Odoi, Nicolas Dominguez, Odysseas Vlachodimos, Andrew Omobamidele, and Nuno Tavares.
How much did Nottingham Forest reportedly pay for Ibrahim Sangare?
The club reportedly paid around £30 million to acquire Ibrahim Sangare from PSV Eindhoven.
Is Divock Origi’s move to Nottingham Forest permanent?
No, Divock Origi has joined Nottingham Forest on a loan deal from AC Milan. However, the club has an option to make the loan move permanent.
What is the length of the contract signed by Callum Hudson-Odoi?
Callum Hudson-Odoi has signed a three-year deal with Nottingham Forest.
Did any players leave Nottingham Forest during this transfer window?
Yes, Swiss midfielder Remo Freuler left Nottingham Forest to join Bologna. The terms of his move are a bit unclear, with conflicting reports on whether it’s a permanent deal or a loan with an option to buy.
How many new players have Nottingham Forest signed this summer in total?
Including the seven new signings on transfer deadline day, Nottingham Forest has signed a total of 13 new players this summer.
Who is expected to be Nottingham Forest’s first-choice goalkeeper?
Greek international Odysseas Vlachodimos, who signed a four-year deal, is expected to challenge Matt Turner for the position of the club’s first-choice goalkeeper.
What did Nuno Tavares say about joining Nottingham Forest?
Nuno Tavares expressed his happiness about joining an “historic club” and staying in the Premier League, which he considers the “best league in the world.”
How does Forest’s chief football officer Ross Wilson feel about the new signings?
Ross Wilson expressed optimism, particularly mentioning that Divock Origi would strengthen the squad’s attacking options and that Odysseas Vlachodimos would bring an “abundance of experience” to the goalkeeping department.
Did Nottingham Forest break any of their previous signing records?
Yes, Ibrahim Sangare’s signing for around £30 million makes him the club’s most expensive acquisition, surpassing the previous record set by Morgan Gibbs-White from Wolverhampton for £25 million.
More about Nottingham Forest transfer news
- Nottingham Forest Official Site: Transfer News
- Premier League Official: Transfer Deadline Day Summary
- Sky Sports: Nottingham Forest’s Summer Signings
- BBC Sport: Nottingham Forest Transfer Activity
- Goal.com: Ibrahim Sangare Profile
- ESPN: Divock Origi’s Career Highlights
- The Guardian: Callum Hudson-Odoi’s Rise and Fall at Chelsea
- Sporting News: Nicolas Dominguez in Serie A
- UEFA: Nuno Tavares Player Profile
- FourFourTwo: Analysis on Odysseas Vlachodimos