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Nottingham Forest sign Anthony Elanga from Manchester United

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Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of winger Anthony Elanga from Manchester United.
The 21-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract until the summer of 2028 and moves to the City Ground for a reported £15m.

Elanga, who will wear the No.21 shirt for Forest, becomes Steve Cooper’s third signing of the summer transfer window after the arrivals of defender Ola Aina and striker Chris Wood, the latter of whom made his loan move permanent earlier this summer.

Speaking to the club’s official website on his arrival at the City Ground, Elanga said: “It’s a pleasure to be here. It’s a proud moment, not only for me, but for my family as well.

“It’s the perfect next step for me in my career, it’s a big step and I’m really looking forward to playing in front of the Forest fans at The City Ground.

“I had interest from elsewhere, but for me, Nottingham Forest feels like the perfect place.”

“I’ve been here with United, and from the minute I stepped out for the warm-up, I could hear them from the changing room.

“It’s a special place, but being here with Forest, I feel like it will be even more special. I’m really ready for the challenge and I just want to embrace everything and get to work.”

Chief football officer Ross Wilson added: “Anthony had a number of excellent options in front of him to choose from so we are naturally delighted that from those he has chosen to become a Nottingham Forest player.

“From the first meeting we had, he was so committed to all aspects of how he can continue to develop working with Steve on the pitch whilst he was also excited and embracing of the ambitions that [Evangelos] Marinakis has for the football club.”

Elanga is an academy product of Man United’s youth system and he departs Old Trafford after nine years at the club where he made 55 appearances across all competitions, gaining experience in the Premier League, Champions League and Europa League.

The Sweden international has posted an emotional farewell message to United fans on social media, which read: “Making my debut, playing over 50 times for the first team, scoring in the Champions League and winning a trophy for this incredible club… If you told me that all of that would happen when I arrived in England at 11 years old I would have been buzzing.

“From the moment that I watched a game from the Stretford End as a young boy I’ve known that United fans are special.

“We’ll always have ‘Rhythm is a dancer’. It meant the world to me and my family every time that we heard that chant. There are not enough words to properly thank you for the unbelievable support.

“It is the right time now for the perfect next step in my career. I’m someone who lives for football and I need to be on the pitch every week doing what I love.”

Elanga could make his competitive debut for Nottingham Forest when they travel to Arsenal for their opening Premier League game of the 2023-24 season on August 12.

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Transfer: Juventus line up move for Wilfred Ndidi

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Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer. Ndidi is into the final

Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer.

Ndidi is into the final months of his contract with Leicester City and could leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the month.

According to Tuttosport, the Nigeria international is among the three players Juventus are looking to sign to bolster their midfield in the summer.

The other two players are Jorginho and Mikel Merino.

Ndidi reportedly has interests from clubs in England, Spain and Turkey.

The 27-year-old has registered four goals and six assists in 32 appearances for Leicester City this season.

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

Trabzonspor want to take Southampton forward Paul Onuachu on loan for another season.

Onuachu joined the Turkish Super Lig side on a season-long loan last summer.

The Nigeria international has registered nine goals and three assists in 17 league appearances for Trabzonspor.

The Black Sea Storm are keen to sign the striker permanently but cannot meet up with Southampton’s €15 million valuation.

According to a report in Transfermarkt, Trabzonspor president, Ertugrul Dogan is pushing hard to have Onuachu at the club at least for another season.

A return to Southampton is highly unlikely for the lanky hitman, who struggled to establish himself during his six-month stay at the club.

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

Napoli have identified Lille striker, Jonathan David as the top target to replace departing Victor Osimhen.

Despite signing a contract extension with Napoli last December, Osimhen is set to leave the Italian side at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain is leading the race to sign him as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing the Nigeria international as their marquee forward signing to take the club to the next level.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Jonathan David is the top preference for Napoli.

David has scored 23 goals and provided 7 assists in 39 games so far this season, mirroring his output from the 2022-2023 campaign.

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