Hull City defender Jack Hobbs has become Nottingham Forest’s sixth new signing of the summer.
The 24-year-old has signed on a season-long loan for an undisclosed fee, with the condition that the move then becomes a further two-year contract.
Billy Davies said: “We are very pleased to welcome Jack to the club.
“He has for some time been recognised as one of the brightest defensive prospects outside the Premier League and I am delighted that we have been able to bring him in.
“To target players of his calibre is easy – the difficult part is making the deal happen. Not only do signings like this further signal our intentions this season, but they also highlight the hard work that is going on behind the scenes to ensure we are a force to be reckoned with.
“Things are slowly falling into place – there is still a lot of work to be done, but Jack is another piece in the jigsaw.”
With Forest’s odds on promotion now 4/1 — bet online at William Hill Sports — a few more signings will make Davies’ squad one of the strongest in the league.
Hobbs played 22 games for Hull last season as they achieved promotion to the Premier League — he was out for eight months after suffering a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament.
The centre-back moved from Lincoln City to Liverpool for a reported £750,000 in 2005 and joined Leicester City on a permanent deal in 2009 after spending the 2008/09 on loan at the Walkers Stadium. After joining Hull on loan in February 2011 he signed a three-year deal at the end of the 2010/11 season.