Willy Boly set to join Nottingham Forest from Wolves

Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Willy Boly is set to move to Premier League newcomers Nottingham Forest.

The Ivory Coast international is set to become Forest’s 19th summer signing after losing most of the players who helped him gain promotion.

Wolves previously rejected a £1m bid from Forest for Boly, but Forest now appear set to sign the experienced centre-back.

The news comes a day after the 31-year-old refused to appear for his side despite manager Bruno Lage calling him up for the matchday squad.

Boly did not attend Molineux for Wolves’ 1-1 draw with Newcastle United yesterday.

Speaking after the game, the Portuguese manager said (via BBC): “He has a proposal in his hands and he wants to go. That’s my feeling when I talk to him.

“I told him I needed a top player like you on the bench, and then he makes his decision. He was on the squad list and he didn’t come.

Boly has been part of Wolves’ roster since joining the club, initially on loan, from Porto in 2017. He reunited with former boss Nuno Espirito Santo.

Boly was part of the Wolves squad that helped the club win the Championship and promotion to the Premier League at the end of the 2017/18 season.

He became an integral part of the Wolves backline, forming a revered partnership with Conor Coady and Roman Saiss.

However, Lage did not show the same faith that Nuno had in Boly. The former Benfica manager limited Boly to ten Premier League appearances last season. He hasn’t started a game for Wolves this season.

Boly will now join Forest for the new season. He hopes his experience and leadership can help Steve Cooper’s side avoid relegation after their heavy investment.

Forest have a mountain to climb to stay on their feet with a nearly brand new squad. They hope signings like Boly, who already know the league, will give them the resolve to survive.

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