Former Mark Warburton favourite James Tarkowski is the defender Nottingham Forest need

Burnley's James Tarkowski in action with Lincoln's Dale Southwell

The Burnley star is not a regular at Turf Moor and Forest must tighten up at the back.

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton applauds the fansNottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton applauds the fans

Nottingham Forest are currently in a relegation fight at the bottom of the Championship and hoping that new manager Mark Warburton can drag them out of it.

If he does so, he and his sporting director Frank McParland will be looking to strengthen the Forest team ahead of what fans hope will be a promotion push.

To do so, the pair may be tempted to look at some former players, with one Premier League defender surely one they’d love to have on board.

James Tarkowski was signed by Warburton and McParland at Brentford in January 2014. The former Oldham Athletic defender went on to establish himself as one of the top central defenders in the division during his time at Griffin Park.

He joined Burnley just over a year ago and helped them to promotion last season.

However, he is not playing as much regular football at Turf Moor as he might have liked and could perhaps be tempted by a move to join up with Warburton again.

Burnley's James Tarkowski in action with Lincoln's Dale SouthwellBurnley's James Tarkowski in action with Lincoln's Dale Southwell

One of the key reasons why Tarkowski left Brentford was to head to his home in the North. Nottingham is just two hours from his Manchester home and that is certainly manageable.

Nottingham Forest need a new defender. The club have one of the leakiest defences in the Championship and a commanding leader like Tarkowski at the back might just be the perfect tonic.

He is certainly a former Warburton player the new Forest boss will have to consider.

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