Nottingham Forest are closing in on the signing of former Tottenham right-back Serge Aurier, according to a transfer report which emerged on Monday.
The Lowdown: Aurier linked with Forest
The Ivorian has been linked with a move to the City Ground a number of times this summer, with his contract at Villarreal expiring at the end of last season.
Aurier is seen as someone who can come in and provide stiff competition for Neco Williams at right-back, strengthening Forest’s squad depth in the process.
It now looks as though the 29-year-old is on the verge of becoming a Reds player.
The Latest: Transfer almost done
According to Sky Sports, Aurier is ‘close to completing’ a move to Forest on a free transfer, with a two-year deal expected to be signed.
The 81-cap Ivory Coast international would be the Reds’ 19th summer signing, and it is also stated that centre-back Willy Boly could take that tally to 20, with the Reds in ‘advanced talks’ to sign Aurier’s compatriot from Wolves.
The Verdict: Premier League experience
Journalist Alasdair Gold has described the enigmatic Ivorian as ‘excellent’ in the past, and that is what the right-back could turn out to be under Steve Cooper if he shows his better traits on a more consistent basis.
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Aurier and Williams could battle for game-time in a healthy manner, with the former perhaps best to be used in the tougher matches, given his experience and knowledge of playing in high-pressure situations at Champions League and World Cup level.
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