Nottingham Forest completed no fewer than seven signings on deadline day, and the finer details in their Divock Origi and Ibrahim Sangare coups have come to light.
Seven new faces signed on the dotted line with Forest on deadline day, though that’s only part of the story. Indeed, a further five deals were sanctioned that saw players leave the club.
Departing via the loan route were Loic Mbe Soh (Almere City), Jonathan Panzo (Cardiff City) and Hwang Ui-jo (Norwich City).
Leaving on permanent deals were Remo Freuler who joined Bologna as part of an exchange for Nicolas Dominguez, and Brennan Johnson who collected £47m when joining Tottenham.
On the incomings end, two stars arrived on loan – Nuno Tavares (Arsenal) and Divock Origi (AC Milan).
The latter, 28, is well known to English audiences through his time with Liverpool. Origi cultivated a reputation as a big-game player during his time at Anfield, scoring in many a high profile encounter in the Champions League especially.
However, the Belgian’s career stalled upon joining Milan as a free agent last summer. Origi netted just twice in 36 appearances for the club who sought a premature exit this summer.
Forest spied an opportunity and wrapped up a loan acquisition on deadline day. Now, Fabrizio Romano has divulged the finer details of the move.
Origi has moved to the City ground on a season-long loan that contains an option to buy. The option is set at an extremely modest €4.5m (approx. £4m) and is not mandatory.
Forest have agreed to cover 100 percent of the frontman’s salary during the loan spell. Per Romano, Origi will be officially unveiled as a new Forest player on Sunday.
Sangare sets new Nott’m Forest record
Elsewhere, Forest completed five permanent signings on Friday – Odysseas Vlachodimos, Nicolas Dominguez, Andrew Omobamidele, Ibrahim Sangare and Callum Hudson-Odoi.
Of that quintet it is unquestionably Sangare who represents the most eye-catching coup.
The Ivory Coast international, 25, has been among Dutch football’s most effective holding midfielders during his time at PSV Eindhoven.
Sangare drew interest from Liverpool earlier this summer, but it’s the City Ground he’ll now call home.
Per Sky Sports, Sangare has penned a five-year contract running until 2028.
The fee involved is understood to be around the £30m mark, thus making him Forest’s most expensive ever signing.
Morgan Gibbs-White’s arrival from Wolves last summer could potentially rise to £42m through add-ons. However, the initial payment was just £25m.