Newcastle snap up Perch

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Newcastle United have sealed the signing of Nottingham Forest defender James Perch for an undisclosed fee on a four-year contract.

The 24-year-old has spent the whole of his career to date at The City Ground, making well over 200 first-team appearances for the club in all competitions.

Magpies boss Chris Hughton told his club's official website:"James is a player I've admired for some time and it's great we've been able to secure his services.

"I'm certain he'll prove to be a great addition to our squad."

Forest's chief executive, Mark Arthur, had earlier told his 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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