Damien Perquis admits turning down three other offers to join Nottingham Forest

Republic of Ireland's Conor Sammon in action with Poland's Damien Perquis (L)

The Polish international has joined on a free transfer from Toronto FC.

Republic of Ireland's Conor Sammon in action with Poland's Damien Perquis (L)Republic of Ireland's Conor Sammon in action with Poland's Damien Perquis (L)

Nottingham Forest summer signing Damien Perquis has confirmed that he had several offers to return to France this summer, before deciding to make a first move into English football.

The Poland international was born and raised in France – previously playing with the likes of Troyes, Sochaux and Saint-Etienne.

This summer he negotiated the termination of his contract with MLS side Toronto FC with the intention of returning to France – and had offers.

But, as he told Foot 365, he decided on a move to Forest instead:

“I was in contact with (three) French clubs (Troyes, Brest and Valenciennes), each with a project on the long-term possibility of conversion, the interest of these clubs touched me and it went so far in some negotiations.

“Nottingham came suddenly and I was not thinking. I have started discussions, and when I came to agree with them, I have terminated my contract. You feel the club that has a history, the stadium who lived beautiful things.”

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The 32-year-old’s arrival is a coup for Forest. He has real pedigree and will bring some experience to the back-line under new Forest boss Philippe Montanier.

The fact that he has decided to reject a move back to what is effectively his home in order to take on this challenge should be seen as another real positive regarding the character of the uncompromising central defender.

This is especially true when you consider one of those teams was his hometown club of Troyes.

Nottingham Forest have also snapped up another defender in Finnish talent Thomas Lam this summer – along with striker Apostolos Vellios, goalkeeper Stephen Henderson and Benfica loanee Hildeberto Pereira – as Montanier looks to put his stamp on proceedings at the City Ground.

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