Striker Darius Henderson has joined Nottingham Forest on a free transfer from Millwall.
The 31-year-old frontman has joined on a deal until the end of the season and is expected to agree an extension in the summer pending the outcome of his court case. Henderson is facing a charge of causing grievous bodily harm without intent and will stand trial at St Albans Crown Court on 5 March.
Millwall are keen to free up space within their wage budget and have agreed to let Forest take over his contract.
Chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “We are delighted to have brought a player of Darius’ experience to the club.
“He knows all about the Championship and has also played at the highest level in England as well and I’ve no doubts he will be a great addition to Alex McLeish’s squad.”
Al Hasawi also confirmed that Dexter Blackstock has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract.
McLeish added: “I think [Darius is] a handful. We want to try and get more crosses into the box and obviously we have Dexter – but I think it’s right to have four strikers at this level. If we can rotate them all to good effect there’s no reason why Darius can’t make a big impact, as he has done over the last couple of seasons at Millwall.
“I don’t want the fans to get the impression that we’re about to start playing back-to-front football – we’ve got good passers of the ball here, but if we can get into good crossing positions and we’ve got people like him and Dexter in the middle with the likes of Sharp, Cox and Majewski feeding off the scraps we will be a big threat.”
The former Watford and Sheffield United player has scored seven goals this season, including one against the Reds in November when Millwall won 4-1 at the City Ground.
Meanwhile, Lee Camp joined Norwich City yesterday on a free transfer. The goalkeeper’s second spell at the club, on a deal until the end of the season, will provide cover following the long-term injury to first-choice ‘keeper John Ruddy.
Camp said: “’I’m delighted. It all came around pretty quickly and it turned out to be a pretty straight forward decision in the end. I’m really pleased to be here.
“It’s a six-month deal which I think suits both parties pretty well. I think it would add a little bit of competition and hopefully I can add to the experience and competition already here. Any player wants to be in the Premier League and I’m very fortunate to be given this opportunity to play at a Premier League club and challenge for a place in the team.”
Brendan Moloney is also expected to depart on a free transfer and team up with Sean O’Driscoll at Bristol City.