Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner completes £7m move to Nottingham Forest

Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Turner completes £7m move to Nottingham Forest on a four-year deal

  • The 29-year-old has joined Forest in a transfer which could be worth up to £10m
  • Turner said it was a ‘great challenge and a great step in my career’ 

United States goalkeeper Matt Turner has completed his move to Nottingham Forest from Arsenal.

Turner, 29, has signed a four-year contract at the City Ground in a deal which could be worth up to £10million.

With Arsenal closing in on the signing of David Raya from Brentford, Turner would have seen his first-team opportunities limited further if he stayed on in north London.

‘It is a great challenge and a great step in my career,’ said Turner, who moved from the New England Revolution to Arsenal last June and played in their Europa League campaign.

‘The manager and the backroom staff, everything about the club has a little sparkle to it. It has felt right from the start and I am happy it’s got done.’

Matt Turner has left Arsenal to join Nottingham Forest in a deal that could be worth up to £10m

Turner (right) had been the No 2 to Aaron Ramsdale but has decided to seek a new challenge

Arsenal on Tuesday reached a £30m agreement to sign Spaniard Raya from Brentford.

Raya has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal and is set to undergo his medical with the club this week ahead of being unveiled as a new player. 

He will rival England shot-stopper Aaron Ramsdale for the number one spot at Arsenal as the new Premier League season prepares to get underway.

Turner, 29, played seven times in cup competitions for Arsenal but a move to Forest would enable him to play more with a home World Cup on the horizon in 2026.

The former New England Revolution goalkeeper – who made 102 appearances in MLS – is the USMNT’s No 1 goalkeeper and recently played for his country in the CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Turner is the USA’s No 1 goalkeeper but has struggled for game-time with Arsenal

He was the penalty shootout hero against Canada in the quarter-finals, saving two spot-kicks, before the US were eliminated by Panama in the semi-finals.

Forest’s goalkeeper situation is currently unclear, with both Dean Henderson and Keylor Navas returning to their parent clubs – Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain – following loan spells during the 2022-23 season.

Wayne Hennessey, and Turner’s fellow USMNT goalkeeper Ethan Horvath, remain on the squad list, but the team are looking at upgrades as they head into their second Premier League season.

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