Matip, Elneny and Evans - Premier League free agents as Nottingham Forest eye transfers

Nottingham Forest head coach Nuno Espirito Santo
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Nottingham Forest confirmed the departure of six senior players with the publication of the club's retained list.

The exits of Felipe, Wayne Hennessey and Cheikhou Kouyate had already been announced last month. And the Reds have now confirmed Scott McKenna, Loic Mbe Soh and Harry Arter will also leave as free agents.

All Premier League clubs from the 2023/24 season have now submitted their lists of players they will be releasing from their squads. It means there is a pool of free signings Forest could potentially tap into as they look to strengthen this summer.

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The Reds made good use of the free agent market 12 months ago, with Ola Aina proving to be an excellent bit of business. It is a route they could go down again as they look to be clever with their transfer dealings in the coming months.

Below, we take a look at some of the players the Reds could sign for nothing - as listed on the Premier League’s official website. The Premier League say: "Please note players who will be signified as a 'free transfer' or 'released' will have their contracts expire on 30 June 2024 however could still remain at that club for the 2024/25 season if a new contract is entered into, so this list should not be seen as definitive for players leaving their club. Please also note a player's status may have changed since the lists were submitted."

Premier League retained lists


Free transfers: Cedric Soares, Catalin-Ionut Cirjan, Henry Davies, Ovie Ejeheri, Mohamed Elneny, Taylor Foran, Mauro Gomes, Hubert Graczyk, James Hilson, Henry Jeffcott, Tyreece John-Jules, Alex Kirk, James Lannin-Sweet, Arthur Okonkwo, Kido Taylor-Hart, Billy Vigar.

Released: Omari Benjamin, Luis Brown, Noah Cooper, Kamarni Ryan.

Aston Villa

Free transfers: Chisom Afoka, Frankie Ealing, Taylor-Jay Hart, Aaron O'Reilly, Edward Rowe.

Released: Jack McDowell, Dylan Mitchell, Abube-Calvin Onuchukwu.


Free transfers: Ryan Fredericks, Ben Greenwood, Emiliano Marcondes, Baylin Johnson, Jamal Lowe, Osanebi Okoh, Cameron Plain, Euan Pollock, Darren Randolph.

Released: Noah Crisp, Oliver Eagle, Jack Holman, Harry Redknapp.


Free transfers: Vincent Angelini, Shandon Baptiste, Remy-Lee Bennison, Charlie Farr, Saman Ghoddos, Charlie Goode, Omaru King, Babu Ombok, Angel Waruith, Byron Wilson, Nathan Young-Coombes, Erion Zabeli.

Brighton and Hove Albion

Free transfers: Steven Alzate, Jack Hinchy, Leigh Kavanagh, Adam Lallana, Brody Peart, Tommy Reid, Bailey Smith.

Released: Jaydon Fuller.


Free transfers: Jack Cork, Ackeme Francis-Burrell, Johann Gudmundsson, Kian Le Fondre, Marcel Lewis, Michael O'Neill, Michael Parker, Renaldo Torraj, Jack Turner.

Released: Jack Bates, Harry Moss, Sonny Pickup, Jack Rogers, Dylan Sime, Oliver Sweeney, Rohan Vaughan, Lucas Wane, Callum West.


Free transfers: Joshua Brooking, Thiago Da Silva.

Released: Noah Hay.

Crystal Palace

Free transfers: Kelvin Agho, Nathan Ferguson, John-Kymani Gordon, Jairo Riedewald, James Tomkins, Noah Watson, Vonnte Williams.

Released: Giulio Marroni.


Free transfers: Bamidele Alli, Jack Barrett, Dylan Graham, MacKenzie Hunt, Kyle John, Edward Jones, Mohamed Kouyate, Andre Gomes, Andy Lonergan, Matthew Mallon, Lewis Warrington.

Released: Sebastian Jensen, Daniel Maher.


Free transfers: Abdul-Nasir Adarabioyo, Willian, Luciano D'Auria-Henry, Tyrese Francois, Terence Kongolo, Georgios Okkas, Bobby Reid, Marek Rodak.

Released: Caelan Avenell, Ma'Kel Bogle-Campbell, Montague Conway.


Free transfers: Joel Matip, Thiago Alcantara, Melkamu Frauendorf, Luke Hewitson, Adam Lewis, Mateusz Musialowski.

Released: Francis Gyimah, Nathan Hewitt Giblin, Niall Osborne, Cody Pennington.

Luton Town

Free transfers: Joshua Allen, Luke Berry, Tobias Braney, Oliver Camis, Archie Heron, Millar Matthews-Lewis, Admiral Muskwe, Wilfred Onyedinma, Gabriel Osho, Daniel Potts, Elliot Thorpe, Ben Tompkins.

Released: William Houghton, Max Scott, Marcus Warren.

Manchester City

Free transfers: Josh Adam, Jamal Baptiste.

Manchester United

Free transfers: Jonathan Evans, Thomas Heaton, Thomas Huddlestone, Anthony Martial, Charlie McNeill, Kie Plumley, Shola Shoretire, Raphael Varane, Brandon Williams.

Released: Marcus Lawrence.

Newcastle United

Free transfers: Matt Bondswell, William Brown, Kyle Crossley, Lucas De Bolle, Amadou Diallo, Paul Dummett, Jordan Hackett-Valton, Jeffrey Hendrick, Loris Karius, Shaun Mavididi, Michael Ndiweni, Matthew Ritchie, Jude Smith, Dylan Stephenson, Rodrigo Vilca Betetta, Kelland Watts.

Released: Carter Milmore, Eden Page, Taylor Ross.

Sheffield United

Free transfers: Jordan Amissah, Connor Barratt, Chris Basham, George Baldock, Adam Davies, Fernando De Macedo Geremias, George Dickinson, Ben Drake, John Egan, Oliver Norwood, Wes Foderingham, Max Lowe, Francis Maguire, Oliver McBurnie, Ben Osborn, Dylan Wharton.

Released: Tavio Ciccarelli, Stafford Wesley Clarke.

Tottenham Hotspur

Free transfers: Eric Dier, Ivan Perisic, Charlie Sayers, Ryan Sessegnon, Japhet Tanganga.

Released: Billy Heaps, Kieran Morgan.

West Ham United

Free transfers: Joseph Anang, Keenan Appiah-Forson, Daniel Chesters, Jacob Knightbridge, Obinze Ogbonna.

Released: Sebastian Boothe, Liam Jones, Jemiah Umolu, Blaise Uwandji.

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Free transfers: Bendeguz Bolla, Louie Moulden, Joe Young.

Released: Muhamed Diomande, Dominic Plank.

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