Nottingham Forest midfielder Panagiotis Tachtsidis is set to join Lecce on a permanent deal.

The 28-year-old joined the Italian side on loan in the January transfer window and they have triggered a clause in his loan deal to sign him, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

Tachtsidis joined Forest in September on a free transfer but failed to make an appearance for the Championship and left after four months.

He has played a key part in Lecce’s promotion from Serie B this season and will be looking forward to playing in the Italian top flight once the deal in completed.

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Tachtsidis, who is a Greece international with 25 caps to his name, is an experienced midfielder and has played over 250 games so far in his career.

He started his career in his native country with AEK Athens and broke into their first-team as a youngster before moving to Italy in 2010 to join Genoa. Spells at Cesana, Grosseto, Verona, Roma, Catania and Cagliari followed for him.

Tachtsidis moved back to Greece in 2017 for a season at Olympiacos prior to his move to Nottingham Forest. It has not worked out for him at the City Ground but he has seemingly found a home now at Lecce.

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It will be a summer of transition for Martin O’Neill’s side and he will be looking to trim down his squad. The departure of Tachtsidis on a permanent basis will free up some wages which is a bonus for the Reds.

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