Melville Moves To Forest

DEFENDER Andy Melville has joined Nottingham Forest on loan. The former Welsh international has signed for three months at the City Ground.

Manager Alan Pardew explained that the 36-year-old former Fulham star made the move in search of first-team football.

"Unfortunately, Andy hasn't had a lot of chances to play recently," he said. "With Malky Mackay coming back to fitness we have one senior defender in the squad already, and Andy isn't the type of player that is happy sitting on the sidelines.

"He really wants to play first-team football and hopefully he'll get the chance at Forest."

Pards revealed that the departure of Melville could pave the way for a player to come into the squad.

"We are trying to bring a defender in," he said, "and hopefully something will happen in the next week or so.

"Because of Tomas Repka's suspension we were trying to get something sorted out this week in time for Sunday's game, but it hasn't been possible.

"We do need some cover at the back, though, and it's an area I am looking to strengthen."