Nottingham Forest buy Anthony Elanga from Manchester United for £15m

Anthony Elanga – Nottingham Forest buy Anthony Elanga from Manchester United for £15m

Nottingham Forest have signed Manchester United forward Anthony Elanga in a £15 million deal.

Elanga had medical in Nottingham over the weekend before becoming the second signing of the summer for Steve Cooper.

The Sweden international rejected offers from Everton, West Ham and Marseille to join Forest, who agreed a fee with United on Friday. Elanga ends a nine-year association with United to move to the City Ground.

Forest have also signed Ola Aina, the Nigeria international, as Cooper ramps up his preparations for the forthcoming season.

Aina joined Forest on a free transfer after flying into Spain on Friday to undergo a medical at the club’s training base in Valencia. The 26-year-old was available after leaving Serie A club Torino at the end of last season.

A former Chelsea trainee, Aina can play as a right-back or wing-back and his most recent Premier League experience was a loan spell at Fulham in the 2020/21 season.

Ola Aina - Nottingham Forest to buy Anthony Elanga from Manchester United for £15m

Ola Aina will offer Forest cover going forwards and in defence – Jamie McPhilimey

Forest are working on a number of other signings with a new goalkeeper the No 1 priority.

Manchester United’s Dean Henderson remains their top target after impressing on loan at the City Ground last season and is currently recovering from a thigh injury.

Forest are also seeking another goalkeeper, a left-back and a central midfielder as they prepare for their second successive season in the top division.

Cooper’s planning in Spain sustained some disruption after centre-back Moussa Niakhate dislocated his elbow in the friendly against Valencia. Niakhate is expected to miss at least six weeks with the injury.

Meanwhile, Forest defender Harry Toffolo agreed an extension with the Football Association for his response to 375 alleged breaches of gambling laws.

Toffolo is facing a potentially lengthy ban from football following the charge and his request for more time to prepare his reply was accepted by the FA, with the date moved to July 26.

The 27-year-old could face heavy sanctions after the FA’s investigation into activity over a three-year period running from 2014 to 2017.

Ivan Toney, the Brentford forward, was banned from football for eight months in May after he admitted 232 breaches of the FA’s Rule E1 (b) which prevents any footballer from making any type of bet on the game.

Telles to Saudi back on

By James Ducker

Alex Telles’ proposed £4 million move to Al Nassr is back on after fears the deal was in danger of collapsing.

The Brazil left-back is expected to join former United team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo at the Saudi Pro League side.

United are set to receive an initial £4 million although the fee could rise slightly with add-ons. Telles, 30, is expected to earn around £7 million a year.

The defender, who spent last season on loan at Sevilla, made just 30 league starts for United after a £15.4 million move from Porto in 2020.

Telles was not part of manager Erik ten Hag’s United plans and the same goes for fellow defender Eric Bailly.

The Ivory Coast international was left out of United’s American tour squad as the club bid to offload the player amid tentative interest from Saudi.

Alex Telles of Manchester United celebrates after scoring

Alex Telles spent last season on loan at Sevill – Getty Images/Michael Regan

Bailly, 29, has done some training at United’s Carrington training base in a bid to keep fit.

It is still unclear when Fred will join United in America as the Brazil midfielder deals with a personal issue although he is another player United are hoping to sell.

Fulham, Galatasaray and Saudi clubs are interested in Fred, who has entered the final year of his contract at United and would cost around £20 million.

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