Moussa Niakhate signs for ‘historic’ Nottingham Forest, as Steve Cooper welcomes ‘accomplished’ ace

Moussa Niakhate during a Mainz match

Moussa Niakhate has completed a transfer from Mainz to Nottingham Forest, whom he describes as a “historic club”.

Niakhate has signed a contract until 2025, with the option of a further 12 months. In doing so, he has become Nottingham Forest’s fourth signing since their Premier League return.

The transfer fee is reportedly in the region of €15m (£12.8m). By joining Nottingham Forest, Niakhate will be playing in English football for the first time.

He told the club’s official website: “For me, this a dream to come to England and to sign for such a historic club in Nottingham Forest.

“The club is well known around the world and its fans are incredible.

“The Premier League is also the best league in the world and every player wants to play here.

“I’m just so excited to get started in pre-season, meet my new teammates and get ready for the new season, wearing the Garibaldi red and white at the City Ground.”

Niakhate has brought an end to a four-year spell with Mainz in the Bundesliga. He was their captain last season, in which he made 30 league appearances as his side finished eighth.

Now, he will be part of Forest’s pre-season training camp in Spain, before their Premier League return gets underway in August.

Steve Cooper believes Moussa Niakhate will be ‘invaluable’

Manager Steve Cooper is happy to be adding a player of Niakhate’s expertise to his growing squad.

Cooper said: “Moussa comes to Forest with a wealth of experience in one of Europe’s top competitions.

“In addition to being a strong, fast and accomplished centre-back, he’s captained Mainz to their best league finish in the last five years, and his leadership experience is invaluable for our return to the Premier League.

“Moussa has attracted the interest of multiple clubs but he has chosen Nottingham Forest and we are delighted to welcome him into the squad.”

Forest have also acquired Dean Henderson, Taiwo Awoniyi and Giulian Biancone ahead of the new season. It will be their first in the Premier League since 1998-99.

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