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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 June, 2003, 10:06 GMT 11:06 UK
Foxes snap up Scimeca
Riccardo Scimeca
Scimeca cost Forest 2.5m in 1999
Leicester City have signed versatile Nottingham Forest player Riccardo Scimeca on a free transfer.

The 28-year-old rejected a new offer from Forest, instead opting to make the switch to East Midlands rivals Leicester.

Foxes boss Micky Adams is desperate to strengthen his squad in readiness for the club's return to the Premiership and he believes Scimeca will be a useful squad player.

"Riccardo was one of the driving forces on the pitch for Nottingham Forest last season," Adams told the club's official website.

We are hopeful of making more signings in the future
Leicester manager
Micky Adams
"He is a versatile player who can operate in a variety of positions in midfield or defence.

"I have consistently said that we need to bring in several new faces to the football club and we are delighted we can add Riccardo to that list."

Leicester have already signed Manchester City defender Steve Howey for an undisclosed fee and Brighton winger Paul Brooker.

Adams also revealed that he was hopeful of making some more signings before their Premiership season kicks off against Southampton on 16 August.

"There is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, and we are hopeful of making more new signings in the not-too-distant future," Adams said.

Scimeca, a former England B international and Under-21 captain, was a regular for Paul Hart's Forest side last season, scoring four goals.

The defender started his career at Aston Villa before joining Forest for 2.5m four years ago.



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