'Agree deal' - former Newcastle United man undergoing medical ahead of Premier League move

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images
The former Newcastle United goalkeeper is set for a deadline day move to Premier League.

Nottingham Forest have agreed a deadline day deal to sign former Newcastle United flop Matz Sels.

The Belgian goalkeeper joined the Magpies from Gent ahead of the 2016-17 Championship season and started the opening nine games but a series of unconvincing performances led to him being dropped by then manager Rafa Benitez.

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Sels featured in the League Cup and FA Cup in the same campaign but never played in the league again. The 31-year-old spent the 2017-18 term on loan at Anderlecht before joining Ligue 1 outfit Strasbourg in a £3.5million deal.

Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
Former Newcastle United goalkeeper Matz Sels. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) | Getty Images

After making 175 appearance for Strasbourg in five-and-half-years, Sels is set to be handed a English lifeline. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano: "Nottingham Forest agree deal to sign Matz Sels as new goalkeeper, here we go! Strasbourg to receive fee around €6/7m as deal has been completed. Sels, flying to Nottingham for medical." Opening up on his struggles at Newcastle, Sels told Official Ligue 1 Podcast, Le Beau Jeu: "Maybe for me it was difficult, the adaptation Also, for me, it was the first time [playing] abroad, and the first time in another country, so it's a different mentality and new habits.

"It was really difficult in the beginning. Newcastle took me as a No 1, so I needed to be ready immediately, and maybe that was the thing. Maybe I was not ready immediately from the beginning because I needed a few months more to adapt.

"But that is the past; now I try to look forward, work hard, and maybe in the future I will get another opportunity to show the people that it was unlucky for me. I hope I can show them that I was a good signing for them [Newcastle]."

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Sels added: "The Championship is not the Premier League; it's more kick-and-rush style, so the referees are not protecting the goalkeepers a lot, and everything like that.

"For the rest it's quite the same [playing as a goalkeeper in different countries]; you have to take the ball, and keep the [score at] zero. I don't know, maybe in the Championship [it is more physical] because there is another way of playing, so it's more physical."

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