Nottingham Forest seal £15m Anthony Elanga deal in face of Everton interest

Nottingham Forest have fought off competition from Everton, among others, to complete the signing of Anthony Elanga from Manchester United in a £15m deal.

Elanga, who has signed a five-year contract, is Forest’s second summer signing, after the former Chelsea defender Ola Aina, who was a free agent after leaving Torino. “It’s the perfect next step for me in my career,” Elanga said. “It is a big step. I had interest elsewhere, but for me Nottingham Forest feels like the perfect place.”

The 21-year-old Sweden forward scored three goals across 39 Premier League appearances for United, but did not register a goal last season. Elanga could be joined at Forest by Dean Henderson, the United goalkeeper who spent last season on loan at the City Ground. Forest remain in discussions over a deal for Henderson but no agreement has been reached. Henderson underwent surgery in May to solve a thigh injury.

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Wolves’ José Sá is also on their shortlist. Steve Cooper is determined to sign at least one goalkeeper before their season begins at Arsenal with George Shelvey, who is yet to make a first-team appearance, starting all three of Forest’s pre-season friendlies to date. Their goalkeepers Wayne Hennessey and Ethan Horvath are injured.

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