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Landing this international shot-stopper would seriously bolster Nottingham Forest’s ranks



Nottingham Forest made it two wins out of two in the Championship on Saturday with a 4-3 success at Brentford.

Mark Warburton’s side edged past Millwall 1-0 on the opening day of the campaign last week, and backed that up with an impressive victory at Dean Smith’s Brentford, with an Andreas Bouchalakis brace inspiring the Reds to all three points in West London.

And, alongside victory over Shrewsbury Town in the first round of the Carabao Cup, it has been a stunning start to the new season for Warburton and his side, this all after selling star striker Britt Assombalonga to Middlesbrough over the summer.

However, several summer signings have already made a difference, and there could be another arrival in the coming days, namely Bournemouth goalkeeper Adam Federici.

The 32-year-old moved to the Vitality Stadium back in 2015 after a long association with Reading, but has struggled to nail down a first team place at the South Coast outfit, and the arrival of Asmir Begovic over the summer has made his task even harder.

And reports last week suggested that Warburton was interested in bringing the Australia international to the City Ground, and although recent reports suggest that the deal has stalled, it’s certainly a move which would benefit all parties involved.

And that’s because Federici is an excellent shot-stopper at Championship level, yet also has the experience and know-how in succeeding at this level.

It took the 32-year-old a long time to finally become Reading’s number one, but when he did, he did his best not to relinquish the gloves with several impressive displays between the sticks at the Madejski Stadium, culminating in their promotion to the top-flight back in 2012.

The year before that, Federici was part of Brian McDermott’s side which lost in the play-off final to Swansea at Wembley, so not only has the Australian experienced going up, but he’s also experienced the adversity of falling at the final hurdle.

Yet, like many Reading players that season, he showed great resilience and produced a sensational season to help them win the title the campaign after, as on several occasions he made match-winning saves and contributions, single-handedly winning games for the club over the course of the campaign.

And that’s the sort of goalkeeper Forest would love to have in their ranks.

Jordan Smith currently has the gloves and has started the season well, but with the other assets of his game other than shot-stopping in need of improvement, Warburton clearly feels that Federici would be a better option for the club this term.

Which is why they must seek to get a deal done for the Australia international, despite the setback, over the coming days and weeks.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

Article title: Landing this international shot-stopper would seriously bolster Nottingham Forest’s ranks

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