Newly-promoted Premier League side Nottingham Forest are close to completing the signing of former Tottenham Hotspur defender Serge Aurier, with the Ivory Coast international undergoing a medical at the club.
Aurier spent four years at Spurs, making 110 appearances in all competitions. He scored eight goals during that time, and provided 17 assists (Transfermarkt).
Despite some questionable performances during his stay in North London, Aurier did enjoy some good moments too. His goal against Manchester United in the 6-1 win in the 2020/21 season stands out as a particular highlight.
Since leaving Spurs on a free transfer in August 2021, Aurier spent just under a year at Spanish side Villarreal. He was released by the La Liga club this summer, but now looks set for a return to the Premier League.
Nottingham Forest, who won the Championship play-off final to regain their status as a top-flight side after a 23-year absence from the Premier League, have had a busy summer. Aurier will become their 19th signing of the season, and they don’t look to be finished.
According to The Daily Mail, Aurier will agree a one-year contract with the Midlands club. The 29-year-old arrives on a free transfer, subject to a successful medical on Wednesday, August 24, 2022.
Forest have also emerged as potential suitors for two current Spurs players this week. Japhet Tanganga was linked to the Premier League new boys, but Fabrizio Romano claims this move is unlikely to materialise due to interest from AC Milan.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein also reported Forest had shown an interest in Sergio Reguilon, with a view to a loan move. According to Fabrizio Romano on the Here We Go Podcast (23/08/22) however, the Spanish defender has “different priorities.”
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Apart from the fact Nottingham Forest really need to stop signing players now, it’s going to be nice to see a former Spurs player back in English football and hopefully Aurier can have a solid season for them. Let’s just hope he doesn’t register in time to play against Spurs on Sunday and cause any problems for his former employers.
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