Premier League newcomers Newcastle United have boosted their defence ahead of the new season with the signing of James Perch from Nottingham Forest.
The Magpies have secured the services of the 24-year-old on a four-year deal for an undisclosed fee.
Perch impressed last season for Nottingham Forest, who finished in third place but lost to Blackpool in the play-off semi-final, which ended their chances of promotion.
The opportunity of playing Premier League football proved to be too good to turn down for the Mansfield-born star, who can play anywhere at the back or central midfield.
Nottingham Forest chief-executive Mark Arthur said: “James has been a marvellous servant for us. He made it clear that the propect of a move into the Premier League with Newcastle appealed to him and we couldn’t stand in his way.”