Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of winger Gboly Ariyibi from Chesterfield for an undisclosed fee.

The move was announced on Wednesday morning on the club’s official website.

Reds owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi also confirmed on Twitter that the 22-year-old’s transfer went through late last night, before the 11pm deadline.

The Championship strugglers enjoyed an eventful final day of the January transfer window, bringing in the prolific Ross McCormack and Wolves playmaker Joao Teixeira on loan.

They also sealed a permanent move for Bolton Wanderers starlet Zach Clough, who had been linked with a move to the Championship for some months.

It was reported on Tuesday afternoon that Forest were looking to bring Ariyibi to the City Ground in a late deadline day swoop.

The player began his career at Southampton as a trainee, but after failing to make the grade at St. Mary’s, he joined Leeds United in 2013.

However, the US-born winger struggled to make an impression at Elland Road, and left the Yorkshire club for Chesterfield a year later.

During his time with Leeds he was shipped out on loan to Tranmere Rovers, making two appearances for the National League side.

Ariyibi is eligible to play for three countries at international level; the United States through being born there, Nigeria through heritage, and England through upbringing.

However, he has already represented the United States at youth level, and made his debut for their under-23 side in 2015.

His new club, Forest, remain managerless after the sacking of unpopular boss Philippe Montanier last month.

They take on Aston Villa this weekend as they look to continue their winning ways, following their 2-0 victory over fellow relegation candidates Rotherham United on Tuesday evening.


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