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Forest bring in full-back Shorey

Nicky Shorey
Shorey spent seven years with Reading after joining from Orient

Nottingham Forest have signed former England international left-back Nicky Shorey on loan from Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old, who has made just six appearances for Villa this season and has only played once since August, has signed until the end of December.

Delighted Reds boss Billy Davies told BBC Radio Nottingham: "We're fortunate he's out of contention at Aston Villa.

"We're bringing in an England international and a player we have admired over the last number of years."

Shorey, who has won two international caps, is likely to make his Forest debut in the home game against Doncaster on Saturday as a replacement for the suspended Chris Cohen.

The former Leyton Orient trainee has only started 22 Premier League games for Villa since joining from Reading in August 2008 but Davies is delighted with the signing.

"He is a natural full-back," the Scot said.

"With the loss of Chris Cohen and going into these winter months, it was important that we do have some good cover.

"We're delighted with Nicky's introduction to the squad."

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Midfielder Cohen has been forced to play at left-back for much of the season as Julian Bennett is still sidelined by a knee ligament injury and Joel Lynch is regarded by Davies as having better potential as a central defender.

Defender James Perch has also been missing since the end of last season and although he played 90 minutes for the first time since April in a reserve-team friendly defeat by Swansea on Tuesday, Davies feels he is still some distance away from a first-team return.

Davies has been anxious to bring in extra defensive cover at the club since the summer.

And even though Cohen is suspended for just one game after picking up a fifth yellow card in the 1-1 draw at Middlesbrough, Davies was eager to bolster his squad before the emergency loan transfer window closes on Thursday.



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