Brice Samba is edging closer to the Nottingham Forest exit and Lens are leading the way for his signature, according to Will Unwin of The Guardian.

The goalkeeper rejected the offer of a new contract shortly after Forest won promotion to the Premier League.

It was also claimed by The Athletic that he had no desire to stay at the City Ground and would be seeking a move.

Now, he looks set to get his wish and a move to Lens looks the most likely outcome right now.

Samba Forest exit edging closer
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The Ligue 1 outfit are on the lookout for a new goalkeeper and could submit a bid to Forest sooner rather than later.

Samba checked in at Forest in 2019. He was signed by Sabri Lamouchi from Caen and almost immediately became the number one custodian.

The 28-year-old kept 16 clean sheets during last season as the Reds won promotion to the Premier League.

His performance in the play-off semi-final against Sheffield United was iconic and for that, he will go down in Forest folklore.

In total, he’s made 132 appearances for the Reds and kept 45 clean sheets with his gamesmanship antics causing humour among the fan base.

He has proved a decent goalkeeper though as well and it will be interesting to see how much Forest can recoup for him from Lens.

Samba edging closer to Forest exit and his legacy is at risk

The goalkeeper has always been a popular figure with Forest supporters.

His antics on the pitch are somewhat unsavoury but under Steve Cooper, he’s been a magnificent player for the club.

His Twitter outburst yesterday wasn’t a good look by Samba. Okay, he might be annoyed but there are ways to go about things.

Samba Forest exit edging closer
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It seemed unthinkable three weeks ago but Samba leaving Forest now looks inevitable.

Keeping him around when he doesn’t want to sign a new deal makes absolutely zero sense.

If Lens can come up with a decent deal it would suit all parties to move on from this sticky situation.

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