Nottingham Forest are set to sign Orel Mangala from Stuttgart after a fee was agreed, according to Fabrizio Romano

The player is now heading for a medical with the Reds and it should take place today, either in Athens or London.

Forest have been courting Mangala for some time. He has been on the list since promotion and the Reds have got their man.

For the club’s overseas recruitment guru, George Syrianos, this is the second time he has landed Mangala during his career.

Syrianos was overseeing the recruitment process at Stuttgart when he was plucked from Hamburg in 2019.

Forest set to sign Mangala
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On that occasion, he proved a sound signing and Forest fans will now hope that he’s struck gold once more.

Mangala has played over 100 times for Stuttgart and become a firm favourite with the club’s supporters.

Last season he helped the club avoid relegation from the Bundesliga and he will perhaps have a similar remit at Forest.

Although Evangelos Marinakis has lofty ambitions, it’s no secret that staying up in the first season would be a huge achievement.

Mangala bolsters the midfield ranks considerably and he will join Lewis O’Brien in arriving at the club in that department.

Interestingly, Forest appear to be beating West Ham to another signing. Bild claimed that the Hammers and Crystal Palace were keen to land him this summer.

Forest agree fee with Stuttgart for Mangala

This is big news. It’s no secret that the Reds needed more midfielders and now they’ve landed two in a single week.

First, O’Brien checked in from Huddersfield and now they’ve managed to complete a deal for Mangala.

The club’s recruitment team has been working overtime to ensure the squad is well-stocked and it’s certainly getting there.

Mangala looks like a real workhorse. He looks like a player who likes to break up play and he’s been compared with N’Golo Kante previously.

Forest set to sign Mangala
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Forest will now have a decent midfield to go into next season. The 24-year-old joins O’Brien, Ryan Yates and Jack Colback in the engine room.

It’s unlikely that Forest will be done in the transfer market just yet and emphasis will be placed on strengthening in attack next.

Mangala looks a useful addition and at £12.75 million, he could prove an absolute bargain.

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