Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has told midfielder Liam Bridcutt that he is free to find a new club, according to the Nottingham Post.
The 30-year-old played a total of just one minute during Forest’s league campaign last year, and he now looks primed to depart City Ground one year before his contract expires.
Bridcutt joined the Reds from Leeds in 2017 but he only really established himself in the Forest side at the start of his spell at the club, and has failed to hold down a place since February 2018.
New Forest boss Lamouchi has now told him he can leave the club alongside Forest trio Luke Steele, Michael Hefele and Daryl Murphy, with none of the players heading out to Greece on the squad’s pre-season trip.
So, with Bridcutt now looking for a new club, here are three Championship sides who could benefit from his services…
The Blues’ squad is looking very thin on the ground ahead of the new season, with caretaker boss Pep Clotet yet to make his mark with any incomings.
Bridcutt could be an effective option for Birmingham, as he is a capable midfielder and brings plenty of experience in the second tier. The fact Forest are looking to get rid of him means he could also be available on a cheap deal too.
Furthermore, Birmingham’s first-choice defensive midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld is currently recovering from a long-term injury. This means Bridcutt could step in for him while he works his way back to full fitness, and Bridcutt would then be a strong back-up option to have when he returns.
The Addicks are preparing for their return to the Championship, and they desperately need bodies in order to add depth to the midfield.
Bridcutt would be a solid addition to Charlton’s central midfield which currently consists of Darren Pratley, Jake Foster-Caskey and George Lapslie. Bridcutt boasts much-needed Championship know-how, and he also offers a defensively-minded solution to Lee Bowyer’s midfield shortage.
Charlton will also be looking to fill the void left by departing loanee Krystian Bielik, as he shone for the London club last season. Bridcutt may not be a player with the promising future of Bielik, but the 30-year-old would certainly help fill the gap.
The Royals need to strengthen their midfield options and Bridcutt could be the perfect fit for a side who are looking to dodge another relegation battle next term.
Bridcutt could be a good option in midfield alongside Andy Rinomhota who established himself in the side towards the end of last season. The two players could work well alongside each other, as experience is the only thing Rinomhota is lacking and Bridcutt has this in abundance.
Reading should not shy away from signing Bridcutt due to his lack of appearances for Forest, as his omission from the squad has been fairly harsh. He would be capable of playing a key role in Reading’s midfield next season if he were to sign.