Date: 20th May 2019 at 3:41pm
Written by: Seb Franklin

According to Bristol Live, Nottingham Forest are keen on Tom Lockyer and could make a move for the 24-year-old this summer. Lockyer is leaving Bristol Rovers when his contract expires in July, so he could be available on a free transfer.

Martin O’Neill alleged interest is intriguing, however, as Forest aren’t exactly short of centre-backs. The Reds have Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo, Alexander Milosevic, Yohan Benalouane, Michael Hefele and Joe Worrall who are all central defenders. Jack Robinson is a capable makeshift centre-back too. Forest may offload some players as they have a bloated squad.

Since joining Rovers from Cardiff City in 2011, Lockyer has made 284 appearances in all competitions, scoring and creating 10 goals. The Welsh international, who has represented his country on five occasions, has been a regular at the heart of the Rovers defender for years and captained them in 2018/19.

Lockyer has made 48 appearances in League One, the EFL Trophy, FA Cup and EFL Cup this season. He led Rovers to 15th in the table, and the Gas boasted the fifth-best defensive record (50 conceded, 15 clean sheets) in the division. The centre-back could improve the Forest backline, but O’Neill will need to offload one or two players.

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