Moussa Niakhate has explained the reason why he chose to sign for Nottingham Forest from Mainz.
The central defender was speaking to TalkSPORT earlier this week ahead of his maiden campaign in England.
Forest landed Niakhate ahead of Everton and West Ham, signing the player for around £10 million before add-ons.
The 26-year-old has been the club captain at Mainz for 18 months and he brings leadership qualities with him.
Niakhate is a left-footed central defender and in pre-season, he’s played in the centre of a three.
The tough-tackling player has been discussing his move from the Bundesliga to the Premier League this week.
He’s explained that a conversation with Steve Cooper helped him make his decision ahead of the transfer.
Niakhate told TalkSPORT: “After I spoke to the coach, it was a good speech from him and I really appreciate how he spoke.
“I’m really excited. Nottingham Forest is a big club, a historic club. Directly it was my decision to come here and prove myself.”
Niakhate operated primarily as a central defender at Mainz; although he can also play as a left-sided wing-back.
Already, he looks like a useful signing and by the sounds of his comments, he can’t wait to get going.
Forest sign Niakhate and he could be captain material
The uncompromising French defender seems like a humble character and he seems a model professional.
Niakhate knows what it takes to be a captain and naturally, he may come into the mix in the eyes of Cooper.
The talented defender might start the season behind Joe Worrall, Steve Cook and Ryan Yates but he could quickly be in contention.
It will delight Forest fans to hear that players are signing after talks with boss Cooper and he clearly wants the right players at the club.
Niakhate looks like an exciting addition to the ranks and it’ll be interesting to see how he does at the club.