Nottingham Forest announced the loan signing of Molla Wague from Udinese earlier today. 

The 27-year-old defender joins both Pelé and Léo Bonatini who arrived at the City Ground on Deadline Day.

Although the signing of Bonatini is arguably the most exciting, Wague’s arrival could ultimately prove to be the most important. Martin O’Neill has been desperately short of defensive options of late.

The Mali international will help fill the void left by a defensive injury crisis and his signing was confirmed on the club’s official website this morning.

Michael Dawson, Michael Hefele and Tobias Figueiredo all remain out through injury. This left Yohan Benalouane as the only other recognised centre-back available.

There’s no doubt that Wague is a much-needed addition. However, he’s capable of doing more than just making up the numbers.

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He has experience of playing in the Premier League with both Leicester City and Watford. His most recent spell came with the Hornets in the 2017/18 campaign as he made six appearances.

In addition to this, he has also played in Serie A with Udinese and also featured in the 2013 African Cup of Nations for Mali. However, it’s been a frustrating campaign so far for Wague as he’s only managed three appearances for Udinese.

The 6ft 3in defender is unsurprisingly strong in the air, and will be looking to get some valuable game time under his belt at the City Ground. He will certainly add physicality at the back which the Reds have missed since Michael Dawson was sidelined through injury.

Following the confirmation of Wague’s arrival, Seat Pitch rounded up exactly what Forest supporters had to say about their latest recruit.

‘Another Lam or Perquis situation’

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