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Nottingham Forest appoint Warburton as manager

Mark Warburton has been announced as Forest's new manager Credit: PA

Championship club Nottingham Forest have confirmed the appointment of Mark Warburton as first-team manager on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Gary Brazil was due to be in charge until the end of the current campaign, but recent results have left Forest perilously close to the relegation zone, prompting the move to be brought forward.

The club website also confirmed David Weir would be joining Warburton as his assistant, with the duo set to be in the dugout against Derby County on Saturday—who have also just named a new manager in Gary Rowett.

Warburton was previously in charge of Brentford, taking them from League One to the Championship play-offs, and more recently Rangers, leaving the Scottish club only last month.

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Forest in talks with ex-Brentford boss Warburton

Mark Warburton is looking for a new job. Credit: PA

Nottingham Forest are in talks with former Rangers and Brentford boss Mark Warburton, Press Association Sport understands.

His appointment as manager could even be finalised in the next 48 hours, with Reds owner and chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi thought to be keen to have Warburton in charge for Saturday's home clash against east midlands rivals Derby.

With academy boss Gary Brazil initially expected to remain in interim charge until the end of the season, Warburton had been earmarked as a summer target following the appointment of Frank McParland as director of football but those plans have been rushed forward after Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Burton left Forest just two points above the Championship relegation zone.

McParland and Warburton worked together at Rangers before their departure from Ibrox last month, with the Glasgow club claiming the pair resigned - allegations which were denied by McParland and Warburton.

Ex-Arsenal striker Bendtner moves to Norway

Nicklas Bendtner is off to Norway. Credit: PA

Nicklas Bendtner has left Nottingham Forest for Norwegian champions Rosenborg, both clubs have announced.

The 29-year-old Denmark forward has put pen to paper on a three-year deal after joining RBK for an undisclosed fee.

Bendtner played 17 times for Forest, with the last of his two goals coming in the 2-1 victory over Newcastle in December.

The Sky Bet Championship outfit confirmed the move on their official website, while Rosenborg posted on Twitter: "Rosenborg have a 3 year contract with Nicklas Bendtner."

Bendtner was an Arsenal player from 2005 to 2014, during which time he had loan spells with Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus.

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Nottingham Forest net striker Clough

Nottingham Forest have signed striker Zach Clough from League One Bolton, the two clubs have confirmed.

Nottingham Forest are delighted to announce the signing of striker Zach Clough on a four-and-a-half-year deal.

The 21-year-old signs for The Reds after leaving Bolton Wanderers for an undisclosed fee.

Clough, who came through the youth ranks at Bolton, scored 21 times in 59 league appearances for The Trotters, including nine times this season in Sky Bet League One.

The diminutive forward can play in a variety of attacking roles both out wide and through the middle.

– Nottingham Forest statement

Aston Villa set to sign Forest midfielder Lansbury

Aston Villa are expected to complete the £3million signing of Henri Lansbury by Friday.

Nottingham Forest have finally given the green light for the midfielder to move to their Sky Bet Championship rivals, Press Association Sport understands.

Lansbury is out of contract in the summer but the transfer has dragged on because of the takeover saga which has been ongoing at the City Ground.

Henri Lansbury is on his way. Credit: PA

The takeover fell through last week and the Reds sacked manager Philippe Montanier at the weekend.

Villa boss Steve Bruce admitted last week he would be prepared to wait for Lansbury if Villa failed to complete the move this month but is set to get his man in the next 24 hours.

Ex-Arsenal trainee Lansbury, who joined Forest from the Gunners in August 2012, has scored six goals in 19 appearances this season.

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