By Will Butcher
Nottingham Forest have entered talks to seal a City Ground return for Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers, according to a reliable journalist.
Sky Sports transfer expert Kaveh Solhekol revealed on his personal Twitter account that Forest were looking to tie up a deal for Chambers, with his contract set to expire in the summer.
Nottingham Forest in talks to sign Ipswich Town captain Luke Chambers. His Ipswich contract runs out in the summer.
— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) January 31, 2017
The 31-year-old has been identified to plug the gap at the back for Forest, after playing for the two-time European champions for five years between 2007 and 2012.
Now, Chambers could be set to return to the City Ground for a second spell as his contract situation continues to cloud doubt over his future at Portman Road.
Forest are struggling to keep a clean sheet this season. Conceding 47 goals in 28 Championship encounters, they have managed just three clean sheets all season.
Summer signing Damien Perquis has failed to provide a steeliness at the back, which has led to interim boss Gary Brazil targeting proven Championship experience in Chambers.
Leaving the City Ground back in 2012, Chambers made a huge 225 league and cup appearances for Forest as well as scoring 19 goals.
Now, Ipswich’s number four could return to Forest and provide them with a defensive boost as they look to claw themselves away from a Championship relegation fight.
Football Insider verdict:
Chambers would be a great signing for Forest. Providing an abundance of Championship experience, the defender would return to the side he served for five years and play an integral part in keeping them in the second tier of English football. Known for his all-round ability as a defender, Chambers offers cover at right-back as well providing a commanding aura in the middle of a defence. Strong in the air and capable in possession, the Northampton Town academy graduate could hold the key in helping Forest finally begin to keep some clean sheets and start to get some points on the table, as they remain far adrift of their pre-season expectations.
In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, this 24-year-old captain is also on Forest’s transfer radar along with Wolves and Bolton.