Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock has joined Leeds United on a 93-day loan deal.

Despite signing a new four-and-a-half-year contract in January, the Antigua & Barbuda international has fallen down the pecking order at the City Ground as seven strikers vie for the two front positions.

Huddersfield, Wolves, Millwall and Brighton have all been linked with the 27-year-old but Leeds, who failed in a loan bid for their former striker Luciano Becchio from Norwich last month, appears to be his first choice.

Leeds manager Brian McDermott said: “I’ve known Dexter for a long time, being brought up in Oxford. I’m really pleased we’ve managed to secure his services.

“He’s a really good age for a striker and I’m sure he has many good years in front of him. We are all really looking forward to working with him.”

Blackstock has made just three appearances and two starts for Forest this season and hasn’t scored this calendar year; his last goal coming against Leeds in the televised 4-2 Boxing Day win.

The former Southampton and Queens Park Rangers player signed for Forest in 2009 and scored 34 goals for the Reds in 131 appearances.

Jack Blake joined Mansfield on loan last week and other peripheral figures could expect to leave on loan too before the window closes on 28 November. It remains to be seen if any players will be incoming before the January transfer window.

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