Released by Sheffield Wednesday, should Nottingham Forest step in to sign Chris Kirkland?

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Should Nottingham Forest move to sign recently released Sheffield Wednesday stopper Chris Kirkland?

Last summer Nottingham Forest made arguably the best signing of the Championship season when they bought Michail Antonio from Sheffield Wednesday for just £1.5 million.

Almost 12 months on, could another now former Wednesday man step in to solve an ongoing dilemma?

Sheffield Wednesday confirmed the release of veteran goalkeeper Chris Kirkland yesterday as reported the Sheffield Star, with the goalkeeper declining an offer to stay at the club, because he did not want to play second fiddle any longer to the excellent Keiran Westwood.

Nottingham Forest have been searching for a new goalkeeper since Karl Darlow departed for Newcastle United, and have so far been unsuccessful.

They are not helped in the slightest by an ongoing transfer embargo, which restricts them to only free agents and loan signings, with a low wage cap.

Kirkland is 34-years-old but in goalkeeping terms he still has time on his side. Tottenham's Brad Friedel retired this season at the age of 43.

He played only seven times in all competitions for Wednesday last season, but has masses of experience, as a former England international, and playing in the Premier League and Champions League for Liverpool.

Kirkland featured 90 times in total for Sheffield Wednesday, conceding a respectable 128 goals during those matches.

At Forest he would compete with another veteran, 34-year-old Dorus de Vries, but that does not have to be a bad thing in the short term.

The pair could work well together in terms of support and pushing each other, and given the club's transfer embargo, it makes sense to take a temporary view of the situation.

Kirkland could come in for the season to compete and show what he can do, and if Forest still want to buy a younger stopper next season, they will hopefully be free of transfer embargo by then to cast their net in a wider market. 

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