Nottingham Forest have secured the signing of Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala as Steve Cooper’s recruitment drive continues.
Forest had already snapped up Dean Henderson, Wayne Hennessey, Giulian Biancone, Moussa Niakhate, Neco Williams, Harry Toffolo, Omar Richards, Lewis O’Brien, Jesse Lingard and Taiwo Awoniyi.
Cooper has been backed with a raft of new signings to try and keep Forest in the Premier League.
There is now another new face through the door with Mangala arriving from Stuttgart.
Sky Sports report that the fee involved is around £12.7million, with Mangala becoming Forest’s latest addition.
The Belgian international, who has two caps to his name having broken through this year, will have some familiar faces around the City Ground.
Mangala has faced Awoniyi and Niakhate in the Bundesliga when Stuttgart took on Union Berlin and Mainz respectively.
The 24-year-old is a very talented dribbler and has impressed in Germany with his ability to get out of tight situations with his low centre of gravity.
There are shades of Tanguy Ndombele in the way Mangala plays, but we can only hope that Forest’s new man enjoys a better Premier League spell.
Bundesliga commentator and expert Derek Rae took to Twitter a few days ago to state that Mangala’s move was ‘terrific business’ – for Stuttgart.
Rae suggested that Stuttgart needed that money and selling Mangala would ultimately aid their rebuild.
That message has effectively been echoed by Stuttgart’s sporting director and former Arsenal man Sven Mislintat.
Speaking on Stuttgart’s official website, Mislintat indicated that he would have kept hold of Mangala in an ideal world.
Mislintat did though admit that the finances on offer and Mangala’s own desire to join Forest meant Stuttgart just couldn’t say no in the end.
“We have always emphasized that when we make offers, we take into account the economic conditions, the sporting evaluation and also the player’s perspective in our considerations and then decide on a possible transfer,” said Mislintat.
“From a sporting point of view, we would of course have liked to have kept Orel with us longer, but the economic aspect and the player’s desire for a change ultimately led to us agreeing to this transfer. As with Gregor Kobel and Nico Gonzalez last summer, Orel’s path is proof that VfB is a very good place to develop top players. We thank Orel for the years in the jersey with the red chest ring and wish him all the best for the future,” he added.