Serge Aurier joins Nottingham Forest as Steve Cooper's 22nd signing

Nottingham Forest are not finished yet in the transfer market as they add ex-Tottenham defender Serge Aurier to their squad… becoming the 22nd signing of Steve Cooper’s busy summer

  • Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier joins Nottingham Forest on a free transfer
  • The defender’s move to the City Ground will now be subject to visa approval 
  • Aurier becomes the 22nd transfer of the summer and the 12th defensive recruit 

Serge Aurier has joined Nottingham Forest to become their 22nd signing of the summer, subject to visa approval although that is not thought to be an issue. 

The Ivorian right-back will join Steve Cooper’s side and provide competition with Welsh defender Neco Williams, who was also brought in this summer from fellow Premier League side Liverpool. 

Aurier had been without a club since leaving Villarreal in July, where he spent 10 months after again spending a period as a free agent. 

Serge Aurier joins Nottingham Forest on a free transfer after leaving LaLiga side Villarreal

In a statement published on the club’s website, Forest announced: ‘Nottingham Forest is delighted to confirm the signing of Ivory Coast captain Serge Aurier, subject to Visa approval.’

Aurier had come close to a move to the City Ground earlier in the summer, and was set for a transfer deadline day move back to the Premier League, but despite long-standing speculation the move never materialised.  

It was previously reported by Sportsmail that he had a medical at the City Ground in August, and now looks to have finalised the finer details on a deal at the club. 

Steve Cooper has broken the record for most signings in a summer window with 22 recruits

Aurier played 110 games for Spurs in a four-year stay at the club, having arrived in 2017 from PSG, and scored eight goals and assisted 17 times. 

Aurier will now contend with Neco Williams for a starting role at right-back

The Ivorian becomes the 12th defensive recruit, as Cooper has clearly identified the area of his team that needs strengthening, with seven of those being full-backs. 

Williams, 21, has made a solid start to his career at right-back for Forest having started all six games in the Premier League so far this season, though he struggled at times against Bournemouth. 

Having gone 2-0 up inside the first 45 minutes, Forest crumbled to a disappointing 3-2 defeat to the fellow newly-promoted side. 

Wales international full-back Williams must now compete with a full-back with experience at the highest level.

Aurier has 31 Champions League appearances, and was part of the Tottenham side to reach the final and got to the semi-finals with Villarreal in 2021-22.  

Nottingham Forest have announced the arrival of the Ivory Coast international right-back

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