Nottingham Forest are trying to enhance their promotion credentials by completing the signing of Aston Villa right-back Alan Hutton on a free transfer, according to the Nottingham Post.
The tough-tackling Scotsman has tasted life at the City Ground previously, playing seven times for the Reds during a loan spell six years ago, and boss Aitor Karanka has now chanced his arm at bringing him back on a permanent basis.
The 33-year-old was a key part of Steve Bruce’s team that reached the Championship play-off final last season and although he has been offered a new deal by the Villains, Forest are trying to exploit the current financial situation at Villa Park and add the experienced campaigner to their squad.
According to the report, Hutton has been offered a two-year deal by the Reds and with talks between the club and the player’s representatives going well, a move looks increasingly likely at this stage.
Forest are set to let American full-back Eric Lichaj depart for Hull City this week and Hutton’s arrival would see him fill that void and offer invaluable competition for Tendayi Darikwa.
If Hutton does move to the City Ground it would represent Forest’s second signing of the summer following Michael Dawson’s switch to the club which was announced at the end of last month.
This would be a shrewd piece of business for Nottingham Forest if they can get a deal negotiated and over the line.
Hutton would become the second new arrival at the City Ground this summer and it would indicate another recruit that offers Forest some much needed experience.
You only have to check out the world of Twitter to understand just how gutted fans of Aston Villa are to be losing Hutton and in signing he would represent a real upgrade on the outbound Eric Lichaj.
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