Nottingham Forest are expected to be very active in the transfer window, and it seems that the club have identified another potential arrival at City Ground. The signing of Alan Hutton will provide Aitor Karanka’s team with valued experience and defensive guile.
According to Nottinghamshire Live, Forest are in discussions with Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton over a potential two-year deal. The Scotsman is out-of-contract at the Midlands club, and while it is reported that the defender is willing to take a pay cut to stay at Villa Park, Nottingham Forest believe that they can lure him away from Steve Bruce’s side.
Previously, the Scottish international had registered seven appearances for Forest while he was surplus to requirements at Villa in 2012. Nonetheless, the experienced defender has proved to be a crucial figure for Villa this season, as they narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
Interestingly, Hutton could choose to move to the City Ground for the second time in his career as Aston Villa are plagued with financial insecurities. Hutton’s prospective arrival would augment the quality of Forest’s defence, and provide them with invaluable top-flight experience. Hutton has also attained a respectable total of 50 caps for Scotland.
The 33-year-old is highly valued for his versatility and tactical adaptability; he can operate on either side of the defence. Moreover, he’s exceedingly competent when competing in aerial duels. The full-back has attained considerable experience on some of the most prominent stages in world football, he has played in the Premier League, in La Liga and internationally.
Hutton’s knowledge and know-how could be of tremendous importance to Forest as they look to mastermind a promotion charge. While considering that the defender will be available on a free transfer, it seems utterly logical for Forest to conclude this deal.
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