Algerian winger Djamel Abdoun has joined Nottingham Forest from Olympiakos in a deal believed to be worth €2m (£1.7m).

The 27-year-old, who has signed a three-year contract with the Reds, also attracted interest from Southampton and can play on the left or right wing.

Abdoun told BBC East Midlands Today: “The owner [Fawaz Al Hasawi] wants to make a good project and it’s a good challenge. I’ll give my best, play with heart and hope we can go to the Premier League.

“I want to prove my quality. I played seven years ago with Manchester City, but I was very young. For a long time I want to play in England; the people love football. It is time for a new challenge.

“I had many clubs that wanted me but I give my word to the owner and I can’t go back and when I say something I do it. I like to dribble and I like to cross but the most important thing is to help the team to success and to play with my heart.”

The French-born player began his career at Paris Saint-Germain before spending four years at Ajaccio. After loan periods at Manchester City and Sedan he joined Nantes in 2008, moving to Greek side Kavala in 2010 and signed for Olympiakos in 2011.

Having representing France at Under-17, Under-18 and Under-20 level, Abdoun was selected for Algeria in 2009 and was part of the squad during the 2010 World Cup.

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