Councillor Neghat Khan, Leader of Nottingham City Council, said: “I’m pleased to announce that we have agreed, in principle, terms for the sale of the land that the City Ground sits on to Nottingham Forest. This allows the club to press ahead with its ambitious plans to expand the stadium, while securing a significant capital receipt for the council.

“While it has been an uncertain time for supporters, property transactions like this can be complex and protracted. We’re legally bound to seek best value for taxpayers and we feel that the deal now on the table satisfies that requirement, and also works for Forest.

“The sale is subject to formal approval by Executive Board next week and the legal contract being finalised, but I feel this is the right decision for Nottingham and entrusts the future of this important asset to the club.

“The council is immensely proud of the club’s recent achievements and its proud heritage. With the City Ground secured for many years to come, we wish Nottingham Forest continued success as they look to further establish themselves as a Premier League side.”