Nottingham Forest signs Nigeria defender, Ola Aina

Nottingham Forest on Saturday signed Nigeria defender Ola Aina on a free transfer after his departure from Torino.

Aina agreed a one-year contract with Forest as he returns to the Premier League after his spell in Italy.

He spent nearly five years with Torino after initially moving there on loan from Chelsea in 2018.

The 26-year-old right-back graduated from Chelsea’s youth academy and made three appearances for the Blues.

During his time with Torino, London-born Aina returned to the English capital for a loan spell with Fulham in the 2020-21 season.

He is the first signing by Forest boss Steve Cooper since the end of last season.

“I’m very excited to be here and I can’t wait to get started. I wanted to be back on English soil again and Forest is a club which has an exciting project and team.

“The manager as well, what he wants from the team is something which I want to buy into. He’s told me it’s a family club, he’s told me we have a great bunch of players and he’s told me I’ll enjoy it here”, Aina said.

Aina, who has 17 caps for Nigeria, helped Torino to a 10th place finish in Serie A last season.

The Manager of Nottingham Forest, Steve Cooper disclosed that: “He’s a versatile player who has good experience of the Premier League and Serie A.

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

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