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Forest sign Everton keeper Turner

Iain Turner
Iain Turner has not played a competitive match since April 2007

Nottingham Forest have swooped to sign Everton goalkeeper Iain Turner on loan until the end of the season.

The 24-year-old is set to make his debut for the struggling Championship side when they face Wolves on Saturday.

"I'm looking forward to it," Turner told BBC Radio Nottingham. "I've been hoping to go out on loan all season.

"I'm here for seven games to show what I can do, I've been dying for the chance. Forest are a good team but the Championship is a funny league."

Turner joined Everton from Stirling Albion in 2003 but has made only six appearances for David Moyes' side.

He has had spells on loan with Chester City, Doncaster Rovers, Wycombe Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Sheffield Wednesday, but has not played a competitive match since May 2007.

Turner added: "I had an unbeaten spell at Palace and a good spell at Wednesday too, so I hope I can keep that run going.

"Most teams want an experienced keeper, someone who can talk to the rest of the team, so the more games you play I guess the bigger your influence is."

Forest boss Billy Davies was desperate to bolster his squad after Saturday's 5-0 humbling at Burnley, which left them in the relegation zone ahead of the visit of leaders Wolves.

"It's no secret that we've been looking for a goalkeeper to provide competition," said Davies, who publicly criticised Forest keeper Paul Smith at the weekend.

"Iain Turner fits the bill perfectly. He is a keeper with good pedigree and great potential and this situation helps us and Everton."

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