Ex-Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Brice Samba is attracting interest from Everton, Leeds and Leicester, according to 90Min. It would appear, however, that Lens will not be entertaining offloading their star man in January.
Samba departed Forest after three years at the City Ground during the summer. He moved to Ligue 1, despite being considered the club’s number for the duration of his time at the club.
The 28-year-old moved to pastures new after refusing to sign a new contract with Forest. He informed the club of his decision shortly after helping the Reds win promotion via the play-offs at Wembley Stadium.
Samba was a firm fan favourite on Trentside. He could often be found winding up fans of the opposition team and when he wasn’t doing that he was proving a consistent force in the Forest goal.
The Reds only managed to recoup £4 million for Samba. They did, however, make a profit on what they paid for him in 2019 and ensured that they didn’t lose the goalkeeper on a free transfer.
Samba’s form at Lens has caught the eye and it’s only natural. In 15 appearances for the French top-tier outfit, he’s conceded just 10 goals and registered seven clean sheets for his new club.
Lens have been beaten just once and are in a closely contested title race alongside PSG. Samba will be an integral part of the team and he’s quickly established himself as the club’s number-one stopper.
Samba attracting interest from Everton, Leeds and Leicester
It would be a real kick in the teeth for Samba to join a Premier League rival. Thankfully, it doesn’t seem as though the Reds will have to worry just now, with Lens keen to keep hold of him.
The Ligue 1 outfit are eyeing a place in the Champions League places this season. Right now, the team are playing well enough to ensure that they push PSG close in the race to win the title.
Forest have upgraded their goalkeeping department by landing Dean Henderson. The frustrating thing, however, is that he isn’t their player and he still belongs to Manchester United.
After Samba’s penalty-saving heroics in the second leg of last season’s play-off semi-final. Ryan Yates lauded the goalkeeper. He called him a ‘big game performer’ and backed him to help the Reds at Wembley.