Hutton’s no-nonsense approach will help Nottingham Forest cope with long, hard season

Nottingham Forest are in talks with Alan Hutton regarding a free transfer from Aston Villa this summer, according to The Telegraph reporter John Percy.

What’s the word?

The Reds could be in the market for a new defender due to speculation that Eric Lichaj is on his way out of the exit gates.

The USA international is believed to be on the verge of moving to Hull City, as reported by ESPN, which would free up a position at right-back.

Hutton is versatile in that he can play in the full-back slot as well as in the centre of defence.

John Percy of The Telegraph posted on his official Twitter account on Tuesday claiming that Forest have offered the 50-cap Scotland international a two-year deal.

Will Hutton help Forest’s promotion bid?

His name does not exactly set the world alight, but if the Reds get a deal over the line, they will be getting a reliable figure at the back.

Hutton is reaching the latter stages of his career at the age of 33, but his experience could be vital in a bid for Premier League promotion.

Aitor Karanka’s side finished a mammoth 37 points adrift of the top two automatic spots in the Championship, and 22 behind the top six, so they have plenty of work to do to be in the mix this season.

Hutton is well-versed in second-tier football having played in 33 matches in all competitions for Villa last season.

Even though the defender is not the most exciting addition, it makes perfect sense to get him on board for free.