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1st May, 2017 | 1:42pm

Nottingham Forest in three-way battle for Championship defender - report

By Harvey Byrne

Nottingham Forest are in a three-way battle with Ipswich and Bristol City for defender Jordan Spence, according to a report.

News outlet HITC has claimed that sources close to the Tractor Boys are stating that both Forest and City are readying moves for the 26-year-old, who Ipswich are also keen to keep.

The report details that Mick McCarthy would “love” to keep hold of the right-back who joined in January after his contract expired at League One outfit MK Dons in the summer of 2016.

However, the Suffolk-based side only tied Spence down to a short-term six-month deal and with his contract at Ipswich set to expire this summer other clubs are preparing to pounce.

One of those is believed to be Nottingham Forest, who are said to be in the market for defensive reinforcements this summer.

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The Midlands giants have struggled in the Championship this season and their future is still uncertain as they sit outside of the relegation zone on goal difference heading into their final fixture of the season against McCarthy’s Ipswich.

If Forest do survive then Mark Warburton will be scouring the market for summer reinforcements and Spence could be the perfect addition if picked up on a free transfer.

Football Insider verdict:

Spence is clearly a talented player and he could certainly add something to a Forest team, who have the long serving Eric Lichaj as their right-back. However, there may be doubts as to whether the Midlands giants will be able to get this deal done, especially if the report of Ipswich wanting to keep hold of him is true. At the moment Forest are a clear step down from Ipswich and as long as owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi remains at the club they will continue to be so with little investment coming from the businessman, which is holding the famous club back and sending them back in the direction of England’s third tier.

In other Nottingham Forest transfer news, a Premier League manager has responded to reported interest in Forest starlet.

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