Championship outfit Nottingham Forest have suffered in blow in their pursuit of Bournemouth’s Adam Federici, as a move for the goalkeeper has stalled reports The Nottingham Post.
The 32-year-old moved to the Vitality Stadium back in 2015 after a long association with second tier side Reading, with whom he helped win promotion to the Premier League back in 2012, although was unable to keep the Royals in the top tier the season after.
And the Australia international’s fine efforts between the sticks at the Madejski Stadium earned him a move to Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth two years ago, but Federici has struggled for first team football on the South Coast, mustering just 17 appearances for the Cherries.
And Asmir Begovic’s arrival from Chelsea this summer plunged his future into even greater doubt, doubt that Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest were seeking to take advantage of, with reports last week suggesting that they were looking to do a deal to bring the shot-stopper to the City Ground.
However, recent reports suggest that they have suffered a blow in their pursuit of the 32-year-old, with a move for Federici reportedly having stalled, although it is uncertain exactly what is holding up the deal.
Warburton’s men have won their first two Championship matches to remain one of just four sides with a 100% record this term, with Jordan Smith currently holding the number one jersey.
Yet with links to Rangers goalkeeper Wes Foderingham alongside that of Federici, it seems clear that Warburton is not overly convinced by Smith, but whether he is indeed able to get a deal done for the latter remains to be seen.
The Verdict: Adam Federici has proven his credentials at Championship level before with Reading, but ultimately has been unable to make the step up to the Premier League when required.
His spell with the Royals in the top-flight was riddled with mistakes and eventually saw him lose his place in the starting eleven, and with Asmir Begovic arriving at Bournemouth to challenge Artur Boruc for the number one jersey this summer, the Australia international may have to drop back to the second tier in search of first team football.
Yet a move to Forest appears to have hit a snag – The Nottingham Post speculate that it could have something to do with a knee injury sustained last season – which is sure to be of frustration to manager Mark Warburton, who appears to be in the market for a new, more experienced shot-stopper this summer.
Only time will tell if they can get a move done for Federici though.
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