Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman has confirmed that he is on the lookout for a new centre-back this summer in an interview with BBC Nottingham Sport. In this piece we take a look at three potential options for the Reds in the upcoming transfer window.
Alex Pearce (Reading)
Pearce's contract at Reading expires this summer and he could make a valuable addition for Forest.
The 26-year-old confirmed to Get Reading recently that the club had still made no attempts to offer him a new deal, and Forest should look to capitalise on this hesitance.
Pearce has proved his class at Championship level and has the ability to enhance Forest's team considerably.
Not only is he a born leader, but he is also a capable ball-playing centre-back and he would fit in well at the City Ground.
Brede Hangeland (Crystal Palace)
If experience is what Freedman is wanting, then there can be few better options for him than Hangeland.
Like Pearce, the Norwegian international sees his contract expire at the end of the season and he would bring a lot of know-how to Forest's squad if they were able to sign him.
Although Hangeland is 33 now, he still represents an attractive short-term option for the side and could be a good addition to Freedman's ranks.
Jason Denayer (Celtic)
A report in the Daily Mail recently suggested that Manchester City are keen on sending Denayer on loan to the Championship and he would be a brilliant signing for Forest.
Denayer has been hugely impressive with Celtic this season and seems to have the potential to become a top-level star of the future.
Already capped by Belgium at senior level, Denayer would bring a steel to Forest's defence and, although he is inexperienced, his class would be most welcome at the Midlands outfit.