Nottingham Forest announce their double swoop for Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis and ex-Crystal Palace midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate on permanent deals – as Steve Cooper’s side breach £100m summer spending mark
- Nottingham Forest confirm signings of Emmanuel Dennis and Cheikhou Kouyate
- The arrival of the duo see Forest make their thirteenth and fourteenth additions
- Steve Cooper’s side have spent over £100million so far this transfer window
- Dennis notched 10 goals for the Hornets in the Premier League last season
The two players join a long-list of new signings through the door at Forest, with Steve Cooper making fourteen new additions to his squad this summer.
Dennis notched 10 goals and claimed six assists for the Hornets in the Premier League last season while Kouyate had just become available after four years in south London.
Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis
After Dennis’ announcement, Forest confirmed the free signing of Cheikhou Kouyaté
Prior to his Watford stint, Dennis started in Ukraine’s top-flight with Zorya Luhansk before enjoying a four-year spell in Belgium with Club Brugge.
He played two of Watford’s opening Championship fixtures this summer but was left out of yesterday’s squad that beat Burnley 1-0 at home.
Dennis’ former side, Club Bruges, stand to make around £1m on the player having inserted a five per cent sell-on fee into the initial £3m deal that saw him move to Watford last summer.
Emmanuel Dennis was revealed in a fancy video posted onto the club’s social media accounts
The 24-year-old forward scored 10 goals in the Premier League as Watford got relegated
Meanwhile, Kouyate has joined the club on a two-year deal after his contract came to an end with Crystal Palace in the summer.
The Senegalese international can add some much needed experience to any newly-promoted side having notched 147 appearances for West Ham before making another 141 for Palace.
The 32-year-old also boasts 82 international caps for Senegal to date, having been part of the squad that lifted the Africa Cup of Nations title last year.
Cheikhou Kouyaté will add some useful experience to Steve Cooper’s newly-promoted side
The two players join Neco Williams, Jesse Lingard, Taiwo Awoniyi, Dean Henderson and Harry Toffolo, as well as a host of others, as having joined the Midlands club this summer.
Forest’s return to the Premier League got off to a difficult start last weekend when they were beaten 2-0 by Newcastle at St James’ Park.
Cooper’s side will play their first home Premier League fixture since 1999 on Saturday when they host West Ham at the City Ground.
The 24-year-old has become Forest’s thirteenth signing – joining Jesse Lingard and others