Premier League club Nottingham Forest have announced the signing of Chelsea-reared fullback Ola Aina, Abbeylivenetwork.com reports.
The Nigeria international has put pen-to-paper on a one-year deal to become Forest’s first signing of the summer, with options for the future also agreed in the contract.
An athletic and versatile defender, Aina joins Forest following his recent departure from Torino, having previously spent nearly five years with the Italian side and making 102 appearances in Serie A.
Aina, who played for England at every age group from under-16 to under-20, has received 30 international caps for Nigeria since pledging allegiance to the Super Eagles in 2017.
The 26-year-old played 33 times for Fulham during a campaign which saw him be shortlisted for the Premier League Goal of the Season Award following a spectacular strike against West Bromwich Albion.
Following a five-year spell in Turin, making 113 appearances across all competitions, Aina now returns to England as Forest’s preparations for the new Premier League campaign continue.
Ola Aina said: “I’m very excited to be here and I can’t wait to get started.
“I wanted to be back on English soil again and Forest is a club which has an exciting project and team.
“The manager as well, what he wants from the team is something which I want to buy into. He’s told me it’s a family club, he’s told me we have a great bunch of players and he’s told me I’ll enjoy it here.”
“It’s exciting to be back playing in the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world and I always want to challenge myself.
“I know some of the boys well already which is good for me, but I’m excited to meet the rest of my teammates and get to know everyone.
“I saw Forest in action last season and the fans are as loud as can be throughout the whole game, which is something I’m relishing and can’t wait to experience. I can’t wait for it.”
Nottingham Forest Head Coach, Steve Cooper, said: “We’re really pleased that Ola has joined us.
“He’s a versatile player who has good experience of the Premier League and Serie A. He’s a really good player, but a good athlete as well.
“He’ll definitely make the team stronger and we’re looking forward to working with him.”