Dynamo Moscow confirm Samba Sow has joined Nottingham Forest on a two-year deal. The 30-year-old struggled for playing time last season and only had one year remaining on his deal at the VTB Arena, so an exit always looked on the cards. Sow will be Forest’s eighth signing of the summer after Sammy Ameobi, Tiago Silva, Yuri Ribeiro, Alfa Semedo, Arijanet Muric, Albert Adomah, Rafa Mir.
The Malian international will have stiff competition at Forest, however. Sabri Lamouchi already has Silva, Semedo, Ben Watson, Claudio Yacob, Adlene Guedioura and Ryan Yates at his disposal, so Sow might be a tough task to edge his way up the pecking order. His arrival might be to offset the potential loss of existing players, however.
Liam Bridcutt has been told he can leave Forest while Yacob has been linked with a move away from the City Ground, but both players are still at the club and haven’t seen much interest coming their way. Sow is believed to have cost around £640k and will bring a weath of experience to the first-team.
The 30-year-old made 99 appearances for RC Lens (Ligue 2), 60 for Kardemir Karabükspor (TFF Second League), 57 for Kayserispor (Super Lig) and 43 for Dynamo (Russian Premier League). He still needs his transfer approved by the Russian FA and needs a work permit, however, which may be why Forest haven’t yet confirmed the move.