Louis Lang was on trial with Manchester United in April, and by the end of May he had been released by Sunderland.
He now looks set to link up with Brian Eastick once again. Eastick is now part of Stuart Pearce's backroom staff at The City Ground and has overseen Laing's progress through the England youth squads. The centre-back has played from the Under-16 level through to the Under-19's.
The Nottingham Post reports that the 21-year-old has agreed a deal in principle and the move should be finalised following a medical. Laing's chances were limited at Sunderland but he now looks set for a chance in the Championship with Forest.
Once supposedly dubbed 'the next John Terry', Laing made his debut for The Mackem's as an 18-year-old against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League, but that was to be his only appearance for the club. In the 2011-2012 season he spent time on loan at Wycombe Wanderers and played eleven games for The Chairboys.
He looked set for a big break in April this year when Manchester United took him on trial. By that point he had already been told by Sunderland that his contract would not be renewed and had also spent time at Blackburn Rovers. However given the managerial situation at United at that time, no decisions were likely to be made on new signings and so a full contract was never proposed.
Laing would become Pearce's signing of the summer following the previous additions of Lars Veldwijk from Excelsior and Matty Fryatt from Leicester City.