Nottingham Forest are interested in a deal to bring Sam Clucas to The City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a claim made by The Sun journalist Alan Nixon, who revealed in a post on Twitter that Chris Hughton’s side are contemplating a move for the Stoke City midfielder in the coming weeks.
Nixon claims that the 30-year-old is available on a free transfer until July 1, when, if no move materialises for the £2.25m-rated man, he will then become tied to his current side for a further year.
Considering the fact that Nottingham Forest look likely to be without the services of Manchester United midfielder loanee James Garner next season – unless the Reds can convince Ole Gunnar Solskjaer of another loan deal for the 20-year-old this summer – central midfield looks to be a position in which Hughton will have to strengthen in the upcoming transfer window.
And, following another impressive campaign at the bet365 Stadium last season, Clucas could well prove an extremely astute signing for a club looking to mount a push for a top-six finish next term.
Over his 24 Championship fixtures last term, the £33k-per-week man scored two goals, registered three assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.1 interceptions, 0.9 tackles and 1.7 key passes per game.
These returns saw the midfielder whom Gabriel Agbonlahor dubbed a “quality” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 7.05, ranking him as Stoke’s joint third-best performer in the second tier.
As such, if Forest do indeed fail in their potential bid to bring Garner back to The City Ground this summer, the former Swansea City man would appear to be an apt replacement for the youngster, especially when taking into account he would be available on a free transfer.
However, with Nixon also claiming that a number of other Championship sides are keen on the 30-year-old, it would be highly advisable for the 62-year-old to act sooner rather than later, or else he risks missing out on the midfielder to one of Forest’s second-tier rivals.