By Harvey Byrne

A deal that would see Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner return to Nottingham Forest for a third spell doesn’t appear to be imminent, according to a reliable journalist.

Nottingham Post reporter Paul Taylor has issued an update on the Midlands news outlet’s website stating that the City Ground club were looking at the Villa 25-year-old, but as of now it doesn’t look like a deal is going anywhere.

“Over the last few days it’s been clear that Gary Gardner was somebody Nottingham Forest were looking at – in the same way as they previously had an interest in Jackson Irvine and Kevin McDonald at Fulham,” told Taylor on the Nottingham Post website.

“Both of those, by the way, are still players I think there is some tentative level of interest in.

“You get the impression that the potential Gardner deal, in the same way as the other two, doesn’t feel like it’s currently going anywhere.

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“The message we’re getting is there is no deal imminent for Gardner and it doesn’t look like there is going to be one at any point in the near future.”

Gardner made frequent appearances in the Aston Villa first team in the last campaign, playing 26 matches in total in the Championship.

However, with the summer addition of veteran midfielder Glenn Whelan the Villa youth graduate is now competing with Mile Jedinak, Henri Lansbury, Conor Hourihane and Birkir Bjarnason as well as Whelan for a starting spot in the Villa team.

Gardner still has three years remaining on his contract at Villa Park, but he may have to start seeking a move elsewhere if he wants first team football in the next campaign.

Meanwhile, both Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa will be hopeful of a play-off spot at the least in the next campaign and Villa may be reluctant to sell to a direct rival.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this 26-year-old has agreed to quit the Midlands club.

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