Brice Samba is close to sealing his exit from Nottingham Forest with the goalkeeper heading to Lens for a medical.
The Athletic claim that a fee of around £4.3 million has been agreed between the two parties.
Samba has already agreed on the terms that Lens are proposing and a return to France is now imminent.
Forest have already signed themselves a replacement for the 28-year-old.
Manchester United stopper Dean Henderson checked in at the City Ground on a season-long loan over the weekend.
Samba etched his name into Forest folklore back in May and it really is a shame that it’s come to this.
The goalkeeper should be preparing for a crack at the Premier League but instead, he’s heading to France.
Samba enjoyed his defining moment in a Forest shirt during the second leg of Forest’s play-off semi-final against Sheffield United.
He made two glorious saves during the 120 minutes and then saved three penalties during the shootout.
Shortly after helping Forest to the Premier League, things turned sour between Samba and the Reds.
He wasn’t happy with the offer of a contract extension and announced his intention to depart.
That left Forest with no choice but to move for Henderson and now Samba will be offloaded.
Samba close to Forest exit and he deserves credit
The Congolese stopper has been a brilliant servant for the Reds since signing from Caen in 2019.
He quickly became Sabri Lamouchi’s number one stopper and his antics have always brought a smile to the face of supporters.
Now goalkeeper has produced gamesmanship to wind the opposition up quite like Samba; although it’s not always been without drama.
It’s a shame that things have had to end like this but Forest are clearly thinking differently as a Premier League club.
These days there is no room for sentiment; whilst the club won’t be held at ransom by players just because they’ve reached the top division.
Ultimately, with Forest signing Henderson, both the Reds and Samba have got their wishes ahead of the new season.