Michael Hefele will add serious physicality to the Nottingham Forest defence

Nottingham Forest are close to sealing a deal for Huddersfield Town defender Michael Hefele, according to The Daily Mail’s liveblog (09/08 07:42)

What’s the story?

The 27-year-old signed for Huddersfied in 2016 from Dynamo Dresden and he has gone on to make 42 appearances for the Terriers, but just two of them came last season in the Premier League via the substitutes’ bench.

According to the report, Forest are in advanced discussions with Huddersfield over a potential £350,000 deal for what would be Aitor Karanka’s 12th signing of the summer.

Defensive reinforcements

Hefele showed in the 2016-17 season what a talent he was at Championship level and was a key part of the Huddersfield spine that won promotion to the Premier League.

Even though Karanka has brought in a horde of new faces to the City Ground, including central defender Tobias Figueredo, another centre-back would really help shore up the back.

The 6ft 4in colossus can physically dominate attackers at this level and he will be a great addition for the team as Forest look to gain promotion to the top flight.