Nottingham Forest have confirmed the permanent signing of Danny Fox on a three-year deal from Southampton

The 27-year-old left-back arrived at the City Ground on loan in January, with a view to a long-term move in the summer, and made 15 appearances for the Reds.

Fox becomes the first signing since Stuart Pearce agreed to take the manager’s job from 1 July, and will face competition from Chris Cohen and Dan Harding for his favoured position next season.

The Winsford-born player was an ever-present in the Saints’ Championship promotion season in 2011-12 but has been kept out of the Premier League side’s first XI by 18-year-old prodigy Luke Shaw.

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Forest previously tried to sign Fox from Coventry in 2009 before the Scottish international joined Celtic for £1.5 million. After just six months in Glasgow, Fox joined Burnley in 2010 for £1.8 million and later signed for Southampton in 2011.

Fox began his career at Everton and played for Gateshead and Stranraer on loan before joining Walsall and then Coventry.


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