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Brice Samba emerges as target for Nantes after ‘refusing to sign new Nottingham Forest deal’

Brice Samba has emerged as a target for France’s Nantes after he ‘refused to sign a new contract with Nottingham Forest’…

  • Brice Samba played a key role in the promotion of Nottingham Forest last season
  • However, reports suggest the Congolese goalkeeper is refusing to sign a new contract
  • The 28-year-old is about to enter the final 12 months of his contract with City Ground
  • Forest looks at Hamza Choudhury and Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Nottingham Forest keeper Brice Samba is a target for France’s Nantes this summer.

The Congolese goalkeeper played a key role as Steve Cooper’s side were promoted to the Premier League last month, including three saves in the semi-final of the play-off penalty shoot-out against Sheffield United.

But reports in The Athletic last week claimed the 28-year-old is refusing to sign new terms at the City Ground and is looking to leave this summer because he feels undervalued and undervalued.

Nottingham Forest keeper Brice Samba is a target for France's Nantes this summer

Nottingham Forest keeper Brice Samba is a target for France’s Nantes this summer

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The Congo-born goalkeeper played a key role as Forest promoted to the Premier League

His stance has given Forest a decision they must make in the coming months whether to keep or sell him, while Samba is poised to enter the final 12 months of his current deal.

Samba has played 133 games for Forest since signing a four-year deal when he moved from Cannes in France in 2019.

Of those appearances, 45 came across all competitions last season, but he found the new deal being offered by the top-tier newcomers unacceptable and would be disappointed not to have been offered it sooner.

However, manager Cooper is said to have an ‘excellent’ relationship with the ‘keeper’ and the club are said to be determined to keep him in one way or another.

Leicester midfielder Hamza Choudhury

Ainsley Maitland-Niles won the Europa Conference League after joining Roma on loan in January

Forest are excited about Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury and Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles

Forest, meanwhile, is fond of Leicester City midfielder Hamza Choudhury and Arsenal player Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

Forest had hoped to keep Djed Spence, but Tottenham strike a deal for him. The East Midlands side is therefore exploring other options and has asked about Manchester City’s Issa Kabore and Arsenal’s Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who has a one-year contract left.

Kabore, a Burkina Faso international, was loaned out to City’s Ligue 1 sister club, Troyes, last season, while Maitland Niles, the five-man England defender, spent the second half of the season with Roma.



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