According to an official statement from the club, Nottingham Forest have signed experienced Senegalese midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté on a two-year contract – signing as a free agent after his contract with South London side Crystal Palace expired this summer.
After failing to convince PSG’s Idrissa Gueye, Nottingham Forest were considering a move last week for former Crystal Palace defensive midfielder Cheikhou Kouyaté (32) – with several Turkish clubs also interested in the out-of-contract Senegal international, according to Foot Mercato’s Santi Aouna.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Idrissa Gueye (32) turned down Forest’s offer of a 3-year contract, instead opting to join Frank Lampard’s Everton where he played between 2016 and 2019 before joining the Ligue 1 champions. Forest have already been busy in this window, and are looking to further bolster their squad after a 2-0 opening day defeat to Newcastle United at St. James Park on Saturday.
As for his international teammate Kouyaté, who has a total of 82 caps for Senegal, the former Palace & Anderlecht midfielder has left the Premier League side after his contract expired. Palace incidentally signed RC Lens’ Cheick Doucouré, who started in the opening day defeat against Arsenal last Friday. The 32-year old made 31 appearances last season for Patrick Vieira’s side in midfield, playing the majority of the season.