Blackburn plan move for Forest defender Mills

General view during the captain's run - Nottingham Forest, City Ground

HITC Sport understands Blackburn Rovers plan move for Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills.

Nottingham Forest's Matt Mills celebrates scoring their first goalNottingham Forest's Matt Mills celebrates scoring

Blackburn Rovers are ready to make a move for Nottingham Forest defender Matt Mills, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Blackburn Rovers are in the marker for central defensive reinforcements after losing Grant Hanley to Newcastle earlier this month and releasing Matt Kilgallon.

Rovers are also fighting to keep hold of Republic of Ireland international Shane Duffy and should he depart it would leave the club short of defensive cover.

Matt Mills of Nottingham ForestMatt Mills of Nottingham Forest

Rovers boss Owen Coyle has identified Mills as the ideal replacement for Hanley and sees his leadership qualities as making him as a valuable addition to his squad for next season.

Coyle is a big admirer of Mills having signed the 30-year-old from Leicester City while he was manager of Bolton Wanderers and he is keen to be reunited with the classy defender.

Mills is understood to have a £600,000 release clause in his contract at Forest and Blackburn are ready to trigger it to bring him to Ewood Park.

Matt Mills of Nottingham Forest (L) and Robert Snodgrass of Hull City in actionMatt Mills of Nottingham Forest (L) and Robert Snodgrass of Hull City in action

Mills enjoyed a successful debut season at Forest last term, making 42 appearances and scoring five goals for the club after his arrival from Bolton.

Forest will be hoping to keep Mills, but they will not be able to stand in his way if Blackburn trigger his release clause.

Nottingham Forest's Matt Mills celebrates scoring their first goalNottingham Forest's Matt Mills celebrates scoring

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