Nottingham Forest’s newest signing Armand Traore says he is delighted to have joined the club and is now preparing himself for a tough Championship campaign.
The 26-year-old put pen to paper on a three-year deal last week and hopes his versatility can provide him with an advantage when he aims to break into Philippe Montanier’s side.
Speaking to Forest Player HD he said: “Over the summer there was a little bit of interest in me from Hoffenheim in Germany but things didn’t work out with that. But once I’d heard that Forest were interested I really wanted to come here and I’m delighted to have signed for such a great club.
“Nottingham Forest is a massive club and being two-time European Cup winners proves that. I sat down with the head coach and what he said to me was really appealing and he showed a massive interest in signing me.
“I’m a very explosive player, I like to get down the wing and put in crosses. I can operate at the back or on the left or right of midfield but I’d say my main strengths are in the attacking department.
“I’d like to think that I’m a very versatile player. I’m happy to play wherever the head coach needs me to really. Over the years I’ve played in a number of positions so I’ll work hard for the team wherever I’m put on the field.”
Traore admits that Montanier was ‘a massive influence’ when he was making his decision whether to join the club and says he has only heard positive opinions about his countryman.
He said: “I’ve got a few friends who play for Rennes where he managed last season and they have only got good things to say about him. I’m really looking forward to playing for him and hopefully we can achieve success together.
“I’m French by nationality but now I’m pretty much an Englishman, I arrived when I was 15 and I’ve been here for over ten years now. I didn’t know Philippe personally but I know he did extremely well during his time at Real Sociedad and was voted one of the best coaches in La Liga.
“He has refused to let my talent go to waste and wants to get the best out of me and that was a massive factor in me coming here. Once I’d discussed things with him, it was an easy decision for me to sign for Forest.”
Despite having missed Forest’s pre-season campaign, Traore says he is getting up to speed quickly and hopes to be available for The Reds’ EFL Cup tie at Doncaster next Tuesday.
He said: “I had a chat with the gaffer the other day and we agreed that Saturday's game would come a bit too soon for me in terms of my match fitness so we’re targeting the Doncaster match on Tuesday night as one that I could potentially play a part in.
“I haven’t had a proper pre-season schedule so the head coach wants to take it easy on me at the beginning. My target is to be fit and available for every game this season so I’m going to trust his judgement and be ready for when I’m called upon.”