Date: 24th July 2019 at 9:00am
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Michael Hefele is expected to leave Nottingham Forest after underperforming last season and being made available for sale this summer. The 28-year-old only joined Forest from Huddersfield Town in August 2018, but he could be on his way out of the City Ground if a suitor makes an official approach. Unfortunately for Forest, however, Hefele hasn’t attracted much interest.

Sabri Lamouchi has been ruthless cutting the deadwood from his squad this summer, but Hefele is proving to be a difficult player to ship out. The German defender delivered some miserable performances and has stiff competition for a starting place in 2019/20 – Joe Worrall, Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo, Alexander Milosevic, Jack Robinson and Yohan Benalouane.

Hefele has made 18 appearances in all competitions for Forest, the last of which came against Leeds United on January 1. He spent the rest of the season sidelined with an Achilles injury that he had to go under the knife to fix. The centre-back would return to fitness over the summer but found himself surplus to requirements when Lamouchi replaced Martin O’Neill.

He was told weeks ago that he had no future at the City Ground, but there’s been little talk of a potential destination and Forest only have until August 8 to complete their transfer business.

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