According to De Telegraaf, Nottingham Forest will sign PEC Zwolle centre back Thomas Lam on a free transfer. He has elected against extending his contract with the Dutch Eredivisie club. He will become Philippe Montanier’s second signing at the City Ground.

The 28-year-old has two caps for the Finland national team. Lam began his career at AZ Alkmaar, before linking up with Zwolle in July 2014. Since then, he has made over 60 appearances for the club.

Gerard Nijkamp, the technical director at Zwolle, admitted that the club simply couldn’t compete with the offer made by Forest on a financial level. The two clubs have a decent relationship after Lars Veldwijk spent last season in Holland on loan.

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Lam has also represented Finland from Under-17 through to senior level. The Amsterdam-born defender will add great strength in depth to the Forest backline. He will fancy his chances of earning a regular starting place for the Championship club. Of course, he’ll need to win his place in pre-season like everybody else.

Montanier is likely to try and add more new faces to his squad before the new season gets underway in August. Nottingham Forest will open their campaign on August 6th against Burton Albion. Striker Apostolos Vellios joined from Greek football earlier this week.

The video below shows Lam finding the net for PEC Zwolle a few seasons ago in a league clash with Cambuur.

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