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Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Stoke City midfielder Sam Clucas, according to Alan Nixon.
Clucas, who signed for Stoke in the summer of 2018, arriving on a four-year deal from Swansea City for a £6million fee.
The 30-year-old made only 24 league appearances for Stoke this season, scoring three goals and adding two assists.
But with one year left on his deal, a number of clubs are said to be keen on signing the midfielder, according to Alan Nixon.
Sheffield United are reportedly in for the midfielder, with Forest, Blackburn and Millwall also keeping an eye on things.
Here, we discuss this potential signing for Forest…
I could see this being a good signing for Forest, particularly given Clucas is available on a free transfer.
With Samba Sow released and the likes of James Garner and Filip Krovinovic seeing their loan spells with the club come to an end, there is plenty of space in the Forest squad for some new midfield additions.
Given Clucas has plenty of experience at this sort of level, he is a player who could certainly fit in well to that sort of wel, and could be useful to have around for some of the younger players coming through the ranks at the club.
It is also worth noting that Clucas is a player who is capable of both scoring and creating chances from deep, which could be useful in a Forest side that lacked a prolific goalscorer last season, and given that winning this race would see some of Forest’s Championship rivals miss out on a decent signing here, it does some well worth looking into for those in charge at The City Ground.
At the age of 30 now and the wages he will be on at Stoke, I’m not fully convinced that Clucas would be the best investment for Forest.
Chris Hughton should be looking at players a bit younger to bolster his squad – ones that will have some resale value down the line and Clucas would not have that.
Granted he did score 11 times in the Championship in the 2019-20 season and that shows that he has an eye for goal – that’s the least you’d expect at this level considering he cost the club £6 million – but the most recent campaign saw him hit by injuries.
Would he be a James Garner replacement as well or would he slot into the number 10 role where Filip Krovinovic played for the second half of the season? There’s plenty of questions that need to be answered but they could be solved by looking elsewhere for a younger midfielder.
I love Clucas, he’s not had the best of seasons with Stoke but the ability is there for all to see.
It’s been great to watch his development over the years – I remember when he was at Chesterfield as more of a winger and now he’s developed into an all round central midfield player.
He’d bring goals and creativity to the centre of the park for Forest and would also bring some experience to the team as well.
If they can get him on a free this summer, it could well prove to be one of the signings of the season.
I expect Stoke to fight hard to keep hold of him, but the project that Chris Hughton and Forest are undertaking is sure to be attractive for the 30-year-old at this stage of his career.