Nottingham Forest’s recruitment are seemingly casting one eye on the summer transfer window already, with the Reds being linked with the signing of defender Perry Ng.
The Crewe Alexandra captain has been linked with a move to a host of high-profile clubs of late, as per reports from TEAMtalk, with Birmingham, Derby and Bristol City also being credited with an interest.
The 23-year-old has registered five assists for Alex this season in their bid for automatic promotion from League Two, but is entering the final few months of his contract at Gresty Road.
Ng has made over 150 appearances for Crewe during his time at Gresty Road, and has been an impressive figure for them in defence since coming through the ranks at the Cheshire club.
Here, then, we take a look at one winner and one loser at Forest, if the Reds secure the services of the right-back in the summer…
Winner: Sabri Lamouchi
Forest could be pulling off a transfer masterstroke by signing Ng, and Lamouchi would only reap the rewards.
Ng is a real talent who has performed consistently well for Crewe over the past few years, proving to be a real leader for Dave Artell’s side.
The 23-year-old may be unproven about League Two, but he has a huge amount of potential, and signing him on a free transfer could turn out to be a real coup for the Reds.
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Lamouchi’s recruitment has been terrific this season, and it would be harsh to write off the potential arrival of Ng straight away.
Loser: Tendayi Darikwa
Darikwa is yet to make an appearance for Forest under Sabri Lamouchi due to injury, with the right-back sustaining an anterior cruciate ligament injury in pre-season.
In his absence, Matty Cash has come on leaps and bounds and established himself as arguably the best right-back in the division, with Carl Jenkinson filling in when needed.
Signing another right-back in Ng could push Darikwa even further down the pecking order as he looks to make a long-awaited return to the first-team.
Cash won’t be going anywhere having signed a new deal not too long ago, and with two senior right-backs potentially behind him in the pecking order, Darikwa could be in trouble.