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Newcastle set to sign Nottingham Forest's James Perch

James Perch
Perch made his Forest debut in August 2004

Newcastle are set to start their summer recruitment drive with the signing of Nottingham Forest's James Perch.

The Magpies have agreed an undisclosed fee with the Championship side for the 24-year-old, who can play in midfield and across the back four.

Forest turned down what they described as a "derisory" offer from the Tynesiders in January.

Perch, who came through Forest's youth academy, will join the Premier League club subject to passing a medical.

He captained the East Midlands outfit during the 2008/09 season and has made more than 200 appearances for them.

BBC Sport's Matt Newsum

Forest chief executive Mark Arthur told the club's website: "James has been a marvellous servant for Nottingham Forest.

"He made it clear that the prospect of a move into the Premier League with Newcastle appealed to him and we couldn't stand in his way."

Perch made his debut for Forest on 7 August 2004 away at Wigan.

The Mansfield-born player had a year remaining on his contract at the City Ground.

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Forest turn down offer for Perch
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Perch thrilled with Forest return
10 Nov 09 |  Nottm Forest
Forest defender back in training
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