By Russell Edge
Nottingham Forest are on the verge of securing a deal for a defender, according to a reliable journalist.
Alan Nixon, who writes for the Sun and has previous experience with the Daily Mirror, reports on his personal protected Twitter account that Forest are “about to sign a right back”.
Nixon does not give away who the incoming player might be, but has indicated in responses that the move will be a permanent one as opposed to a loan deal.
Forest have already seen strikers Daryl Murphy and Jason Cummings and winger Barrie McKay join from Newcastle, Hibernian and Rangers respectively, while goalkeeper Liam Bossin has arrived on a free transfer.
Manager Nigel Warburton currently has Eric Lichaj as his only recognised right-back at the club, while centre-backs Thomas Lam and Michael Mancienne are also able to slot into the role.
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Warburton will have identified the lack of options for the right-back position as a weakness in the side and it was always going to be a priority to bring in reinforcements. Forest will need a big squad to push themselves up the table after last season saw them survive by the skin of their teeth, and so extra bodies coming in will be a bonus for nearly everyone at the club. The only one who really needs to worry is Eric Lichaj, as a new arrival will threaten his reign on the right, as he started 41 of their league matches last season. However, a right-back is unlikely to be the only defensive addition to the side this summer, and Lichaj’s fellow defenders ought to be concerned about their positions too.
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