By Will Butcher

Released Nottingham Forest striker Dexter Blackstock is close to completing a move to Championship rivals Rotherham, according to a Sun columnist.

The 30-year-old striker is a free agent following his decision to end his City Ground stay on Thursday, after failing to secure a move during the transfer window.

Alan Nixon, who has a transfer column in The Sun, has revealed on his personal Twitter account that Blackstock is close to penning a deal with the Yorkshire side.

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Blackstock signed for Forest in 2009, and has clocked up an impressive 187 appearances (with 44 goals) in both league and cup for the Championship giants.

Other than the two-time European Cup winners, Blackstock has also appeared for the likes of Southampton, Plymouth, Derby and Leeds in the Championship.

The Oxford-born striker, who has six caps for Anitgua and Barbuda, has scored 88 career goals for his six different clubs during 359 appearances.

Blackstock has fallen down the pecking order in Philippe Montanier’s side, with the likes of star-player Britt Assombalonga, former Everton striker Apostolos Vellios and Championship goal machine Matty Fryatt ahead of him.

Frenchman Montanier has been busy during his first transfer window as Forest manager, bringing in 11 players including Pajtim Kasami, Damian Perquis and Armand Traore.

In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, this striker has also signed for Forest following negotiations with Montanier.