Nottingham Forest have signed Jamie Paterson from Walsall on a two-year deal, with the option of a third, for an undisclosed fee.

The highly-rated winger, who interested Middlesbrough and Huddersfield Town, can also play as a striker and will add much needed pace to Billy Davies’ squad.

The 21-year-old has been voted the Saddlers’ Young Player of the Year for the past two seasons and scored 13 goals in 51 appearances as the West Midlands side finished ninth in League 1 last season.

Paterson had the most shots in League 1 last season with 64 on target, 54 off target and four hitting the woodwork.

Davies said: “We are delighted to have Jamie on board. He was very impressive for Walsall last season and has good pedigree.

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“He’s quick, agile and has proven himself as a composed figure in front of goal. He adds another dimension to our attack.

“While Jamie is undoubtedly an exciting prospect, he has already gained good first team experience and that should help him make the step up to the Championship.”

Paterson added: “I’m happy to finally have my future sorted and I’m just looking to crack on and train now.

“I’m looking forward to getting out there and putting all the speculation behind me. I’m happy to be here and I just want to work hard to get myself into the team, score some goals and help get us the promotion everybody wants.

“Put me anywhere in the final third and I’ll feel comfortable. I like to get on the ball and try to create as much damage to the opposition as possible.”

Forest play Walsall in a pre-season friendly at Banks’s Stadium on 23 July.

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