Nottingham Forest have signed Danny Fox on loan from Southampton for the remainder of the season with the left-back set to make a permanent move to the City Ground in the summer.

The 27-year-old has agreed a three-year contract with the Reds which will take effect after the conclusion of his loan agreement.

Forest boss Billy Davies was keen to sign Fox during his first spell in charge at the club but did not manage to bring him to Nottingham.

Everton academy product Fox joined Southampton from Burnley in the summer of 2011. He made 69 appearances for the Saints, scoring his only goal for the club in a 6-1 defeat at Arsenal in September 2012.

Fox has also played for Walsall, Coventry and Celtic, where he featured in the Europa League for the Scottish giants.

His arrival at the City Ground pushes another former Southampton defender Dan Harding down the pecking order.

Chris Cohen had made the left-back position his own during the first part of the campaign but the Reds skipper suffered a season-ending knee injury in November.

Right-back Eric Lichaj has been the most recent incumbent of the role.