Aston Villa have joined the hunt to sign Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash, Football Insider understands.

The Midlands giants are in the market for a new right-back this window and have shortlisted the 23-year-old as a target.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Villa are rivalling West Ham, Sheffield United and Fulham to land Cash amid a growing likelihood he will leave Forest.

 

As revealed by Football Insider, Cash is has made it clear he is keen to quit Forest this summer and join a top-flight club.

That has opened the doors for suitors and Sheffield United have already had a £10million bid knocked back by the former European champions.

Forest are holding out for a fee of £15m for one of their prize assets and are hopeful of achieving that given the widespread interest.

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Cash has graduated from the academy ranks at the City Ground to make 141 senior appearances.

Nearly a third of those came in the recently-completed campaign in which he made 40 Championship starts.

Villa’s interest comes as they prepare to sell James Bree to Luton Town in a deal that may be finalised this week.

Forest are vulnerable to losing Cash as their poor end-of-season form after the lockdown has consigned them to the second tier for another year.

Villa can steal a march on their rivals as West Ham have to offload some of their senior stars before they are in a position to submit a bid of their own.

In other news, Aston Villa have climbed above Leeds United to be in pole position to sign lethal forward.