Nottingham Forest sign Man Utd forward Anthony Elanga and defender Ola Aina

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Swedish international becomes Forest’s second signing of summer transfer window

Nottingham Forest have signed winger Anthony Elanga from Manchester United.

The 21-year-old joins Forest for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £15m, and has signed a five-year deal.

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The Swedish international becomes Forest’s second signing of the summer after defender Ola Aina moved to the City Ground on Saturday.

Nottingham Forest have signed Anthony Elanga on a five-year deal. (Photo: Matthew Peters/Getty)Nottingham Forest have signed Anthony Elanga on a five-year deal. (Photo: Matthew Peters/Getty)
Nottingham Forest have signed Anthony Elanga on a five-year deal. (Photo: Matthew Peters/Getty) | (Photo by Matthew Peters/Manchester United via Getty Images)

“It’s a pleasure to be here,” Elanga told the club. “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.”

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

“It’s a special place, but being here with Forest, I feel like it will be even more special.”

Elanga had been with United since he was a young boy and made 55 appearances, scoring four goals. He also has 12 caps for Sweden.

Ross Wilson, chief football officer, 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.”

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Nigerian right-back Aina signed for Forest at the weekend on a one-year deal after his contract with Seria A side Torino expired.

Ola Aina became Forest’s first signing of the summer at the weekend. (Photo: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty)Ola Aina became Forest’s first signing of the summer at the weekend. (Photo: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty)
Ola Aina became Forest’s first signing of the summer at the weekend. (Photo: Gabriele Maltinti/Getty) | (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

He has previous Premier League experience, having played for Fulham on loan during the 2020-21 season.

“It’s exciting to be back playing in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world and I always want to challenge myself,” Aina told the club.

It marks the start of a considerably quieter summer transfer window for Forest, after signing 30 new players following their promotion to the Premier League in 2022.

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It is thought Forest now hope to complete a permanent deal for Elanga’s former United teammate, goalkeeper Dean Henderson.

“He’s a versatile player who has good experience of the Premier League and Serie A,” said manager Steve Cooper.

“He’s a really good player, but a good athlete as well. He’ll definitely make the team stronger.”

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