Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest

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Nottingham Forest make former Tottenham defender signing number 22 on free transfer

Serge Aurier, formerly of Tottenham

Nottingham Forest have made former Tottenham defender Serge Aurier their 22nd signing of the summer, subject to visa approval.

The Ivory Coast right-back will provide competition for Neco Williams as Forest boss Steve Cooper continues to add strength in depth to his squad.

In a statement, Forest said they were “delighted” with the capture of Aurier, who made 24 appearances for Villareal last season as they reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Aurier joined Paris St Germain in 2015 and two years later moved to Tottenham, for whom he made 110 appearances during his four years in north London.

Aurier arrives as signing number 22 in what has been an incredible summer at the City Ground.

Forest have spent £165million on players, with midfielder Morgan Gibbs-White their biggest acquisition.

The England Under-21 star was bought for £44million from fellow Premier League side Wolves.

Boss Steve Cooper described Forest’s transfer window as “unique”.

He said: “A lot has been quite rightly said about the amount of signings we have made already.

“It has been a unique transfer window for sure, I understand and accept that.”

Forest have so far struggled on their return to the English top flight. They’ve notched only one win so far and are 19th in the table.

Next up for Cooper’s men is a trip to Leeds on Monday Night Football.