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Aitor Karanka could raid former club to strengthen his Nottingham Forest defence

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Nottingham Forest’s summer business has been eye-catching.

Aitor Karanka has been a busy man this summer, bringing in a number of new players and addressing all of their problem positions.

They needed a new goalkeeper and in came Costel Pantilimon; an experienced centre-half was required so Michael Dawson returned to the club; goal scoring strikers were needed so Karanka has bought Hillal Soudani and Lewis Grabban.

Nottingham Forest smashed their transfer record to add creative midfielder Joao Carvalho to their ranks, alongside Diogo Goncalves and Gil Dias on loan, while Jack Colback sorts out the central midfield position.

Now Nottingham Forest are one full-back away from an incredibly impressive summer which surely puts them in the reckoning for the title.

The Reds have been looking at Sam Byram of West Ham United, but with the Hammers stalling until they find a replacement, could they look elsewhere instead?

Nottingham Forest could launch a swoop for George Friend, who was a key member of Karanka’s promotion-winning side with Middlesbrough.

Friend also played most of the games in the Premier League for Boro under Karanka.

So, the Spaniard should move for the 30-year-old, especially after news emerged that Middlesbrough were hoping to sign Joe Bryan from Bristol City.

The 6ft 2in left-back is good going forward, strong in the air and solid defensively, making him the complete modern day full-back and just what Forest are after.

Although Karanka is likely to look for someone who can operate on both flanks, Friend would provide very good competition for Jack Robinson and Danny Fox at left-back and then they could try to sign Byram or another player on loan at right-back.

With vast experience and knowledge of the Championship, and still several years left in the tank, Nottingham Forest could make a shrewd move by snapping up Friend and reuniting him with Karanka.


NCTJ-qualified journalist - University of Birmingham undergraduate - King's College London postgraduate - Coventry City and West Ham United

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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