Nottingham Forest agree to sell Brice Samba to Lens for £4million… just months after the keeper helped them end their 23-year wait to return to the Premier League
- Nottingham Forest’s Brice Samba is set to move to Lens
- He previously said he would not extend his current contract, ending in 2023
- Samba had been Forest’s first-choice goalkeeper for the past three seasons
- He kept 14 clean sheets last season as Forest returned to the Premier League
Nottingham and Lens have reached an agreement for the £4million transfer of goalkeeper Brice Samba.
He would not sign any contract extension at Forest, with his current deal due to end next summer.
Samba announced his intention to leave Forest last month, before the club offered him a deal which did not meet the demands of Congolese stoppers.
Brice Samba set to leave after three seasons at Nottingham Forest for Lens
Samba helped Forest return to the Premier League last season
The suggestions are that Samba did not believe the offered contract reflected his importance to the team, or what he had achieved in three years with the team.
Samba will now arrive in France ahead of a medical at Lens and is set to put pen to paper on a five-year deal at the Artois club.
He was one of Lens coach Franck Haise’s priorities this window, with current No.1 Jean-Louis Leca, 36, entering the final year of his contract, and young Venezuelan stopper Wuilker Farinez who should go.
The Congolese goalkeeper will now return to French football after a three-year hiatus after starting his career with Le Havre, which produced top players such as Paul Pogba and Lassana Diarra.
Brice joined Forest from Caen in 2019 for just £1.9million, making 131 appearances and keeping 45 clean sheets in all competitions.
Forest have already signed three players, including French defender Giulian Biancone
Premier League returners have already ventured across the Channel this window to bring in French defender Giulian Biancone from Troyes.
The 22-year-old started his career at Monaco and was loaned to Belgian club Cercle Brugge for two years before making a permanent move to Troyes last summer.
Biancone joins former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi and Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson as Steve Cooper continues to progress towards the start of the Premier League season.