Deadline day at St Marys
Saints have completed the signing of Scunthorpe United striker Jonathan Forte for an undisclosed fee.
The 24-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal and will link up with former Iron manager Nigel Adkins again.
“He’s willing, he’s got a great attitude and I think he’ll fit in excellently,” Saints boss Adkins told the official club website.
“He’s got a good physical presence about himself and we’re delighted that he can come and join us.”
Forte began his career at Sheffield United and spent time on loan at Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United during his time there.
He was signed by Scunthorpe in 2007 by Adkins, who was manager at the time.
The striker also spent time on loan at Notts County in recent years.
Forte is seen as a replacement for Puncheon who has completed a loan move to Blackpool.
The 24-year-old midfielder has been out of favour ever since Adkins took over as manager.
He enjoyed a loan spell at Millwall where he scored five goals in seven games but after returning to face Blackpool in the FA Cup was left out by Adkins because he was unsettled.
Puncheon will now get his chance to ply his trade at the highest level after Blackpool took him on loan for the rest of the season.
The rest of Saints’ transfer deadline day news saw Alex Chamberlain remain at the club, West Ham have an approach rebuffed for Aaron Martin, Joseph Mills extend his loan deal at Doncaster until the end of the season and Tommy Forecast join Eastbourne for 28 days.