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Almeria taunt Man Utd after signing England U19 international Arvin Appiah

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 19:54, 2 September 2019

Almeria have apologised to Man Utd following the acquisition of England U19 forward Arvin Appiah from Nottingham Forest.

The 18-year-old winger, born in Amsterdam but came through at Forest, ended a nine-year association with the former European champions when he opted a move to Spain’s second division.

The rise of Appiah: Five key things to know…

  • Appiah is a graduate of Nottingham Forest’s academy.
  • He’s made eight appearances for Forest’s first-team, registering one goal.
  • The Amsterdam-born England U19 forward joined second division Spanish club Almeria for a reported £8m.
  • Man Utd were among those clubs reportedly keeping tabs on him.
  • Almeria subsequently apologised to the Red Devils on social media for signing him.

A host of clubs were seemingly vying for his signature, which set Almeria back £8m, with Man Utd being among them. However, the Red Devils were beaten to the punch and Appiah’s new employers were courteous enough to send the Old Trafford-based club a message.

In a social media post, the club wrote: “Sorry @ManUtd_Es Arvin Appiah is red and white.”

Since turning professional Appiah has gone on to make eight appearances for Forest registering one goal in the process which came in their 3-2 League Cup defeat to Burton Albion last October.

He joins an Almeria side who last played in Spain top-flight four years ago. Pedro Emanuel’s team have started this season’s Segunda División unbeaten after their opening three games: two wins and one draw.

Appiah could make his debut away to Málaga on September 7.