Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman confirms he wanted Ben Amos in the summer

The free agent joined Bolton Wanderers instead.

Nottingham Forest take on their current manager's former team this weekend as Bolton Wanderers travel to the City Ground in desperate need of something to smile about.

The Trotters sit at the bottom of the Championship table and are mired in financial debt and controversy.

Despite their poor standing in the table Forest boss Freedman is still wary of the side and even admitted he wanted one of their regular starters in the summer

He told Notts TV yesterday:

"That's a decent side there.

"They've got (Ben) Amos, the goalkeeper, who I was very interested in taking in the summer.

"You know they have still got a decent side."

Forest's apparent interest in Amos was reported in the summer. The Manchester United graduate had just become a free agent but Bolton won the battle for his signature.

Forest's goalkeeper situation has been up for debate for much of this season. Dorus de Vries is obviously an excellent option but Dimitar Evtimov is inexperienced in reserve and made a mistake in his one and only appearance this season.

They were linked with Leicester stopper Ben Hamer but a loan deal fell apart at the 11th hour in the summer.

Amos would have provided excellent cover and competition for the club's Dutch incumbent but he now faces a completely different battle between the sticks at the Macron Stadium.

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