Nottingham Forest fought off competition from Championship rivals Fulham and Premier League newcomers Brentford to lure Ethan Horvath to the City Ground, as reported by The Athletic.
Having played just four league games in the past two seasons for Club Brugge, who can blame the Colorado-born shot-stopper for choosing a club where regular first-team football would be more than just a pipe dream?
Horvath arrived in England on a free transfer this week, the seven-cap USA international putting pen to paper on a three-year contract with Nottingham Forest.
And it’s understood he’ll be given the chance to compete with Brice Samba for the number one shirt under Chris Hughton.
Samba’s position is anything but secure on the back of an error-strewn 2020/21 campaign.
Was Ethan Horvath right to choose Nottingham Forest over Fulham?
The Athletic reports it’s the promise of first-team football that encouraged Horvath to choose Forest over the likes of Fulham and Brentford.
At Brentford, David Raya is expected to remain the club’s undisputed number one, the Spaniard staying put after Arsenal turned their attention to the likes of Aaron Ramsdale, Unai Simon and Andre Onana.
Fulham, meanwhile, already have a proven Championship goalkeeper in the lanky shape of Marek Rodak, although a Cottagers side now coached by Marco Silva is expected to bring in a rival shot-stopper before the end of August.
Forest can now tick a ‘new goalkeeper’ off their summer hit-list, although the East Midlands giants aren’t done yet.
Forest are looking to add some much-needed creativity to a side that scored just 37 goals in 46 games last season.
Eredivisie dynamo Zian Flemming is one target on the back of an outstanding campaign with Fortuna Sittard, while Watford are willing to loan Philip Zinckernagel to the City Ground.