Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Matt Turner from Arsenal for a fee thought to be in the region of £7 million. The Reds have ended their long search for a goalkeeper and the American will likely start for Forest against Arsenal on Saturday.
Turner is currently the number one stopper in the USA national team. At the recent Gold Cup, he captained his country, with Forest target Tyler Adams missing out through injury.
The goalkeeper signed from the Emirates Stadium after failing to oust Aaron Ramsdale from the team. He made seven appearances for the club with all of his outings coming in either the Europa League or the FA Cup.
He signed for the club last summer and has acted with integrity and professionalism since arriving. Mikel Arteta called him ‘phenomenal’ after his showing against Bodo/Glimt last season.
After checking in at Forest, Turner told the club’s official website: “It means everything for me to sign for Nottingham Forest, it’s a great challenge for my career but also to be a part of a club with such history, such a beautiful stadium and a great fan base. I’m sure I’m going to make a tremendous amount of memories here and I know that my family and I are excited to join this community.
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“I can say that I probably never dreamed of playing for such a big club as Nottingham Forest, especially as a kid I was a later comer to football and didn’t start playing until I was 14-years-old. I’ve learned a lot over the years about the history of the club and I was always so infatuated with it so this is helping the dream turn into a reality.”
Forest complete signing of Turner
This looks like a signing that could go well for Forest. Turner is an experienced goalkeeper, albeit one is relatively inexperienced when it comes to playing in the Premier League.
Turner does have 32 caps for his country though and that should prove useful for the Reds. He’s currently in possession of the gloves on the international stage and he will be keen to keep them.
Forest can now move onto other areas where they need to strengthen. The club needs to get moving in the transfer market but this signing is at least a step in the right direction.