Released Nottingham Forest striker Lewis Grabban has penned a one-year contract with Saudi Arabian outfit Al Ahli.

The club has confirmed the transfer this afternoon with the formalities of the deal now completed.

Grabban has made the surprise move after turning down several offers to stay in England.

Rotherham had offered the striker a contract, whilst Steve Bruce was keen to add the player to his West Brom ranks.

Grabban ended a four-year association with the Reds in the summer, leaving at the end of his contract.

The 34-year-old will sign for an initial year, with the second-tier outfit holding the option to offer him another year.

Grabban became the first Forest striker to smash 50 goals for the Reds in over 20 years.

He was a firm fan favourite in the eyes of many supporters and on his day was one of the best strikers in the league.

The striker ended his time at Forest with 56 goals and 10 assists from 149 appearances and Steve Cooper offered him a deal to stay.

Grabban declined Forest’s advances and it’s thought that the player was concerned over how much game time he’d actually get in the Premier League.

Grabban signs for Al-Ahli

Some recent footage had shown Grabban doing some training and keeping himself fit in Dubai.

Naturally, this move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise with that in mind.

It is surprising on the face of things, however, with Grabban still more than capable of starring in England.

Grabban signs for Al-Ahli
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Forest would have welcomed the influence of the striker in their dressing room.

Grabban, however, still feels as though he can make an impact somewhere and it will be intriguing to see if he scores goals in Saudi Arabia.

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