Nottingham Forest close in 12th signing as Lingard coup described as ‘norm’

Stuttgart midfielder Orel Mangala is having a medical at Nottingham Forest ahead of a proposed transfer.

The 24-year-old is undergoing his health checks on Tuesday and is poised to become the club’s 12th signing of the summer.

A transfer fee of around £12.75 million is apparently set for Mangala.

The 24-year-old is being recruited by Forest’s head of data and analytic recruitment George Syrianos for the second time after he took Mangala to Germany from Anderlecht five years ago while still Stuttgart’s head of analytics.

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Mangala, who has won two international caps for Belgium, played 29 times for Stuttgart last season as they finished 15th in the Bundesliga.

He should not be confused with the other Mangala who is available on a free transfer this summer.

Assuming there are no issues with the medical, Mangala will join up with Forest in time for their final pre-season friendly against Valencia on Saturday.

He will join an influx of new arrivals as Steve Cooper’s side prepare for their Premier League return after a 23-year absence.

England international Jesse Lingard headlines that list after joining on a free transfer following his exit from Manchester United.

The 29-year-old, who signed a one-year deal, is set to earn £80,000 per week as a basic salary, going up to £120,000 with bonuses which are described as “achievable”.

“Jesse has got quality,” captain Joe Worrall told Sky Sports. “First of all, he’s a really nice guy, somebody who has fit in like he’s been here for many years.

“He’s somebody who uses his qualities at England international, somebody who’s played in the Premier League consistently for the last seven, eight, nine years.

“I might be doing him justice in that, it could be 10 and he’s scored goals and assists – that’s the key to any attacking player. Somebody of his calibre, he’ll thrive off at Forest.

“It didn’t [shock us]. Forest is a massive club. It wasn’t long ago where our whole starting XI was England players.

“So to have somebody of Jesse’s calibre, it should be the norm for a club like Nottingham Forest.”

Forest also broke their transfer record on Nigeria international Taiwo Awoniyi and brought in Wales international Neco Williams from Liverpool.

Cooper’s side begin their campaign with a trip to Newcastle a week on Saturday as one of a phalanx of clubs expected to fight against relegation this season.

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