Nottingham Forest outcast attracting interest from Championship rivals, 'deal close'

Amid interest from Bolton Wanderers, Greg Halford could be allowed to leave Nottingham Forest on loan this week.

Nottingham Forest have started strongly in the Championship this season, claiming 13 points from a possible 15 as Stuart Pearce settles into life back at the City Ground.

Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi backed Pearce in the transfer market this summer with the £7m double capture of Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio, but it was in defence where Forest managed to add new faces. Centre back Michael Mancienne arrived in a £1m deal for Hamburg, whilst Crystal Palace full back Jack Hunt penned a loan deal until January.

With depth at centre back with Mancienne, Jamaal Lascelles, Jack Hobbs, Louis Laing and the returning Kelvin Wilson, as well as options at full back in Hunt, Eric Lichaj, Danny Fox and Dan Harding, it all spells bad news for one versatile Forest player.

Former Colchester star Greg Halford joined Forest from Portsmouth in 2012, and has played in a whole host of positions for the club, including centre back, right back, central midfield and even as a makeshift target man given his lanky frame.

However, that versatility has somewhat hindered him as he's always been considered as a utility man rather than a starter, and with new signings pushing him down the pecking order, Halford looks set for the exit.

Bolton Wanderers are in need of reinforcements after picking up just one point from their first five games. Manager Dougie Freedman is under increasing pressure to turn results around at the Reebok Stadium, and reports tonight suggest that Halford is seen as the solution to Bolton's increasing woes at right back in light of Kevin McNaughton's continued absence.

A deal could be struck before Bolton take on Sheffield Wednesday this week, with Forest happy to let the 29-year-old leave on loan with a view to permanent move in January.

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