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BBC Sport's Jonathan Overend
"This year his (Johnson) chances have been limited"
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Ipswich manager George Burley
"We were keen to keep David"
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Ipswich chairman David Sheepshanks
"It's a reluctant sale"
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Friday, 12 January, 2001, 12:35 GMT
Forest complete 3.5m Johnson deal
David Johnson
David Johnson makes his bow at the City Ground
Nottingham Forest have completed the signing of Ipswich Town's David Johnson.

The former Manchester United player has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract, with the move costing Forest 3.5m.

The 24-year-old may make his debut in the clash against Crystal Palace on Sunday and Platt will hope his arrival can help the club achieve a First Division Play-off place.


This is a boost for everyone at the club
  Forest manager David Platt
Johnson scored 22 goals in helping Ipswich gain promotion to the Premiership, but has lost his place to Marcus Stewart who has already netted 15 times this season.

A delighted Platt told the club's official website: "It's a tremendous lift for us and it's no secret that we've been looking for a goalscorer for a long time.

"This is a boost for everyone at the club - players, management, staff, supporters and the board, who have pushed the boat out with this deal."

Ipswich boss George Burley added: "We didn't want David to leave.

Burley blessing

"He's done tremendously well for us, been our leading goalscorer in the last three seasons, and been a great acquisition from Bury.

"But at the end of the day David wanted first-team football on a regular basis, which is understandable for a player of David's quality."

Burley thinks Johnson will be a hit at the City Ground.

"David's goalscoring record is second to none," said the Scot.

"He's been looking sharp in training and I'm sure he will help Nottingham Forest for promotion."

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