Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of free agent Matty Fryatt on a three-year contract

The out-of-contract striker turned down an improved offer from Hull City last week to stay at the KC Stadium and the 28-year-old becomes the first new addition to Stuart Pearce’s squad.

Owner Fawaz Al Hasawi said: “I am delighted to announce the signing of Matty Fryatt on a three-year contract. He is a player this club has admired for many years. I am delighted we have finally got our man. I look forward to welcoming him into this great club when his contract starts on July 1st.”

Forest have been interested in Fryatt since August 2005, when a £850,000 bid was dismissed as “derisory” by Walsall. He joined Leicester in a deal worth up to £1m in January 2006 and was again a loan target for the Reds in 2007.

Scoring 51 goals in 168 appearances for the Foxes, the Nuneaton-born striker signed for Hull in a £1.2m deal in January 2011. Despite a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday last season, Fryatt still managed to score 31 goals in 94 games for the Tigers.

Separately, the Dutch forward Lars Veldwijk is believed to have completed a medical at the City Ground today ahead of a move from Excelsior, which could be finalised tomorrow.

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