Magpies close to landing Perch

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Newcastle United have agreed a deal to sign versatile Nottingham Forest defender James Perch.

The 24-year-old, who can also play in midfield, just needs to pass a medical to seal a switch to St James' Park, having made well over 200 appearances for Forest.

Forest's chief executive, Mark Arthur, told the club's official website:"James has been a marvellous servant for Nottingham Forest.

"He made it clear that the prospect of a move into the Premier League with Newcastle appealed to him and we couldn't stand in his way.

"I would like to thank him for the service he has given us and wish him all the very best with Newcastle."

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