Following the sale of Jamaal Lascelles and Karl Darlow to Newcastle, and the expected departures of Simon Cox and Jamie Mackie to Reading, Nottingham Forest have secured the signature of Sheffield Wednesday winger Michail Antonio
The 24-year-old has joined on a three-year deal for a fee believed to be around £1.5m, as Stuart Pearce continues to revamp his squad ahead of the 2014-15 season which kicks off on Saturday.
Antonio told Forest Player: “I’m really pleased to be here. Nottingham Forest is a massive club, it has great potential to reach the Premier League and, on a personal level, I’m here to better myself as a player and get as far as I can.
“Forest have an amazing history and they have been pushing for promotion to the Premier League for the last four or five years. Hopefully now we can get there.
“The fans can expect lots of pace, power and goals from me this season. I’m looking to get my head down, stay fit and show the Forest fans what I can do.”
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Antonio made 63 appearances for the Owls, scoring 13 goals, after signing a four-year deal in 2012. He initially arrived on a loan deal from Reading, helping Dave Jones’ side to promotion from League One.
The London-born player began his career at Tooting & Mitcham United at the age of 12 and signed for Reading in 2008 where he had loan spells at Cheltenham Town, Southampton and Colchester Town.
Meanwhile, the Peterborough striker Britt Assombalonga is said to be having a medical at the City Ground ahead of a £5.5m move.