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12th Jun, 2018 | 6:36pm

Deal tabled: Nottingham Forest in talks with Aston Villa defender - reliable journalist

Nottingham Forest are in talks to sign Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, according to a reliable journalist.

Telegraph reporter John Percy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Aitor Karanka’s side have offered the right-back a two-year deal and are hopeful of agreeing a move.

The 33-year-old will depart Championship side Villa in July when his contract expires and a switch to the City Ground appears to be on the cards.

Forest are reportedly close to losing full-back Eric Lichaj to Hull City and are putting the ground in to get his replacement for next season.

Football Insider verdict:

Forest fans are hoping they can go into the 2018/19 campaign with some optimism and although Hutton is not the type of signing that will excite fans, he is the type of seasoned professional that can help during a long gruelling Championship season in the fight for promotion. The Scotsman racked up 33 appearances in all competitions for Villa in the recent season, which included featuring in all three play-off matches before defeat to Fulham in the final. His versatility to play in either full-back position makes him an attractive signing and a deal for the no-nonsense defender seems a no-brainer from a Forest point of view. Meanwhile, the turmoil at Villa already this summer has left supporters dreading what is on store next year and they are going to need to try keep some big characters in the dressing room, but there is a feeling they could be left with a depleted squad.

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