Philippe Montanier admits wanting Pajtim Kasami two years ago

Arsenal's Joel Campbell in action with Olympiacos' Pajtim Kasami

The Frenchman wanted the Swiss international when manager of Rennes.

Arsenal's Joel Campbell in action with Olympiacos' Pajtim KasamiArsenal's Joel Campbell in action with Olympiacos' Pajtim Kasami

Nottingham Forest announced the signing of Swiss international Pajtim Kasami this week. The former Fulham star arrived at the City Ground on a season-long loan deal from Olympiakos as Forest’s links with Greek football continue to grow.

The move was especially sweet for manager Philippe Montanier – who says he has wanted to sign the player for some time now.

Olympiacos' Pajtim Kasami celebrates at the end of the matchOlympiacos' Pajtim Kasami celebrates at the end of the match

Speaking in his press conference yesterday, and subsequently reported by the Nottingham Post, Montanier had this to say about finally getting hold of his man:

"He is a player I wanted to sign two seasons ago, when I was with Rennes. I know him very well.

"I know he has good technique and he is a good professional. He knows English football, which is important."

Pajtim Kasami celebrates scoring the first goal for FulhamPajtim Kasami celebrates scoring the first goal for Fulham

That is the summer in which Kasami left the recently relegated Fulham and joined the Greek side, seemingly leaving Montanier to pursue other transfer targets.

The attacking midfielder, who is just 24-years-old, has arrived with a lot of expectation from Forest fans who remember his good performances in a Fulham shirt, especially that wondergoal against Crystal Palace, and with Olympiakos in the Champions League.

Nottingham Forest manager Philippe MontanierNottingham Forest manager Philippe Montanier

Forest start their Championship campaign v Burton Albion this weekend and fans will be hoping that Kasami is available to make his debut as a Red.

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