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Mackie leaves QPR for Forest

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Fri, 26 Jul 2013 12:20:00

Steven Davies has become Blackpool manager Paul Ince's fourth acquisition of the summer after signing a two-year contract with an option for a third year.

The striker, 25, joins The Seasiders for an undisclosed fee from Bristol City after one season, 38 appearances and 13 goals for the Ashton Gate club.

Davies started his career with local side Tranmere Rovers in 2005 before joining Derby County three years later.

He scored twice for the Rams in a victory over Blackpool in March 2012 in a 2-1 success.

Davies can also feature on the left-wing and left Pride Park last summer for £750,000 following 22 goals in 94 appearances.

City head coach Sean O'Driscoll says the club received a "fair fee".

"No one has pushed Steven out the door," he said. "Like all players, they want to be playing at the highest level possible.

"Blackpool came in with an offer that we felt was fair and he's decided it's a move he'd like to make. We wish him well for the future."

Scotland international Mackie has signed for a reported £1.5million fee after making 94 competitive appearances for the Loftus Road club, scoring 18 times, since moving from Plymouth Argyle for £145,000 in May 2010.

The 27-year-old found opportunities limited after Harry Redknapp arrived at the club as manager in November and requested to leave west London for more regular football.

It is the second piece of business finalised by Forest boss Billy Davies after Algeria winger Djamel Abdoun arrived from Greek champions Olympiacos for an undisclosed fee.

Abdoun, capped 11 times by his country, also signed a three-year deal at the City Ground and joined summer arrival Jamie Paterson, from Walsall, in bolstering Davies' squad.

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