Nottingham Forest have completed the permanent signing of Jack Hobbs from Hull for an undisclosed fee.

The Reds beat Sky Bet Championship rivals Wigan and Reading to the signature of the defender, who has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half year contract at the City Ground.

Hobbs' return to the Midlands club, announced shortly before Friday night's 11pm transfer deadline, brings to an end the saga concerning the 25-year-old's future.

Forest agreed a fee for Hobbs, who had been on loan with Billy Davies' side since the start of the season, on January 14 but the player was recalled by Hull after the Reds failed to agree terms with the centre-half.

Wigan and Reading subsequently also had bids accepted for the player leaving Hobbs to decide where his future lied.