Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Derbyshire pens Forest deal

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Matt Derbyshire is back in English football following a two-year spell in Greece

Nottingham Forest have secured the services of Olympiakos striker Matt Derbyshire on a three-year contract.

The former Blackburn Rovers forward spent last season on loan at Birmingham City - making 13 appearances but failed to seal a permanent deal at St Andrew's. 

Championship clubs Leicester, Cardiff and Brighton were all linked with the talented forward and Forest boss Steve McClaren was alerted after Derbyshire was told by the Greek champions he was free to leave for another club.

The Englishman, 25, has won 14 caps for the England under-21 side and in his two-year spell at Olympiakos scored 11 goals in 26 appearances.

Derbyshire's move to the City Ground comes at a great time for the Reds who have so far lacked fire power in front of goal in the Championship following the departure of starlet Robbie Earnshaw to home club Cardiff.

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