Double swoop for Forest

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Billy Sharp has signed a season-long loan at Forest
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Billy Sharp has signed a season-long loan at Forest

Nottingham Forest have bolstered their squad with the loan deadline-day signings of striker Billy Sharp and midfielder James Coppinger.

Sharp, 26, will spend the rest of the season on loan from Premier League newcomers Southampton while Coppinger, 31, has joined from Doncaster until January 2.

The pair are reunited with Forest boss Sean O'Driscoll, who managed them at Doncaster, and are available to make their debuts in Saturday's npower Championship clash with Charlton at the City Ground.

Chairman Omar Al Hasawi told the club's official website: "No manager knows Billy as well as Sean does and when he made it clear he wanted to bring him to the club we did everything in our power to make it happen.

"Billy's goalscoring record is outstanding and we have no doubts he will fit in perfectly at the City Ground and add to the attacking threat we already have.

"James has great experience of the Championship and I know he is delighted to have the opportunity to work with Sean again.

"He is our 11th signing for Nottingham Forest and I'm sure he will prove to be a great asset for us in the weeks ahead."

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