Date: 21st May 2019 at 4:35pm
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According to Paul Taylor of Nottinghamshire Live, Nottingham Forest will not make an approach for Tom Lockyer this summer. The 24-year-old is out of contract at Bristol Rovers and will be a free transfer in the coming weeks. Lockyer was linked with a move to Forest last summer and just days ago, but he doesn’t appear to be on their radar anymore.

Forest are on the hunt for a right-back and Lockyer was reportedly being considered as a makeshift option. The Welsh international is a natural central defender, however, so the Reds would have been strengthening the wrong part of their backline if they brought him to the City Ground. Sam Byram is their No.1 target at right-back.

Lockyer might be considered if they fail to sign the former, but Forest can’t afford to waste time as the Rovers defender is expected to have offers in the coming weeks. Martin O’Neill is looking to trim his first-team squad and lower the wage bill, and Forest’s defence is one area he could target.

The Reds have Michael Dawson, Yohan Benalouane, Alexander Milosevic, Tobias Figueiredo, Michael Hefele and Joe Worrall competing over two or three positions in the starting lineup so one or two players could be moved on as a result.

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