Nottingham Forest are on the verge of signing free agent Ben Watson as he undergoes a medical with the Championship club, according to a report.
News outlet HITC claims that Watson, 32, came close to joining the Reds on deadline day, but time ran out for a last-gasp deal to be wrapped up.
Watford agreed to mutually terminate Watson’s contract at Vicarage Road on Thursday, meaning that he is now able to complete an out-of-window switch to the City Ground on a free transfer.
The midfield enforcer had made just six Premier League starts for the Hornets this season and appeared to have been deemed surplus to requirements by new manager Javi Gracia.
Watson has a huge amount of experience in the Championship with over 200 appearances in England’s second-tier.
He has had spells at Crystal Palace, West Brom, Wigan, QPR and Watford in his career.
The defensive midfielder was notably the match winner in Wigan’s shock FA Cup final triumph over Manchester City in 2013.
Football Insider verdict
Aitor Karanka really did not mess about in January as the side he inherited now looks very different to the one that Mark Warburton left when he was sacked on New Year’s Eve. Watson will be a very good addition too as he is the kind of player who could to some degree make an impact at every club in the league. He has played with established Premier League teams and could really show that at Nottingham Forest. Karanka has a lot of good young players in his side and having someone of Watson’s expertise could have a big impact on them.
In other Nottingham Forest news, the Reds held a meeting over signing this prolific international forward in January but it just wasn’t meant to be.