Newcastle United have just listed an announcement on their web-site that terms have been agreed and they are about to sign James Perch from Nottingham Forest.
James Perch – Nottingham Forest midfielder
This is the Newcastle statement:
Newcastle United can confirm that the Club has agreed terms with Nottingham Forest for the transfer of defender James Perch, subject to the player passing his medical.
Further details will be announced and posted on nufc.co.uk in due course.
James is a 24 year-old 5’11” midfielder and can play in many positions both in defense and across midfield. He has usually played defensive midfield although he started his career as a striker when he joined Forest in 2003.
He can play at right back, and in central defense and can also play on either wing – so he is indeed very versatile and could be well used a lot by Chris Hughton. He is listed as a defender/midfielder and turns 25 in late September.
Perch may even challenge for the starting right back position next month, although he could also be a defensive midfield replacedment for Nicky Butt – take your choice.
Perch drew Newcastle interest in January, and the lad was born in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire and joined Forest in 2004, and has played over 200 times times for the Nottingham club with 29 goals., and will be Newcastle first signing of the summer.
Perch is the second longest serving player at Forest behind Wes Morgan and has been captain of the Nottingham Forest side, so it looks like Chris has signed another player with leadership capabilities.
He has made 187 starts for Forest with 31 sub appearance (218 total appearances) and has scored 14 goals.