Brice Samba is set to leave after three seasons at Nottingham Forest for French side Lens
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Nottingham Forest agree sale of Brice Samba to Lens for £4m… just months after goalkeeper helped them end their 23-year wait to return to the Premier League

  • Nottingham Forest’s Brice Samba is close to completing a move to Lens 
  • He previously said he would not extend his current contract, ending in 2023
  • Samba had been Forest’s first-choice goalkeeper for the past three seasons
  • He kept 14 clean sheets last season as Forest returned to the Premier League 

Nottingham and Lens have reached agreement for the £4m transfer of goalkeeper Brice Samba.

He would not sign any contract extension at Forest, with his current deal set to end next summer.  

Samba made his intentions to leave clear to Forest last month, before the club offered him a deal that did not meet the Congolese shot stoppers demands. 

Brice Samba is set to leave after three seasons at Nottingham Forest for French side Lens

Brice Samba is set to leave after three seasons at Nottingham Forest for French side Lens

Samba helped Forest return to the Premier League last season

Samba helped Forest return to the Premier League last season

Suggestions are that Samba did not feel the proposed contract reflected his importance to the squad, or what he had achieved in three years with the side. 

Samba will now arrive in France ahead of a medical at Lens, and is set to put pen to paper over a five-year deal at the Artois club. 

He was one of Lens manager Franck Haise’s priorities this window, with current No 1 Jean-Louis Leca, 36, entering the final year of his contract, and young Venezuelan stopper Wuilker Farinez expected to depart. 

The Congolese keeper will now return to French football after a three-year hiatus having begun his career with Le Havre, who have produced high-profile players such as Paul Pogba and Lassana Diarra. 

Brice joined Forest from Caen in 2019 for just £1.9m, making 131 appearances and keeping 45 clean sheets in all competitions. 

Forest have already signed three players, including French defender Giulian Biancone

 Forest have already signed three players, including French defender Giulian Biancone 

The Premier League returnees have already ventured across the channel this window to bring in French defender Giulian Biancone from Troyes. 

The 22-year-old started his career with Monaco and was sent on loan to Belgian side Cercle Brugge for two years before making a permanent switch to Troyes last summer. 

Biancone joins former Liverpool forward Taiwo Awoniyi and Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson as Steve Cooper continues to build towards the start of the Premier League season. 

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