Nottingham Forest should welcome back Greg Cunningham if Preston are considering offers

Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton

Middlesbrough and Cardiff City want Preston North End left-back Greg Cunningham but he'd be a fine signing for former club Nottingham Forest.

Blackburn Rovers' Elliott Bennett and Preston's Greg Cunningham in action Preston's Greg Cunningham

Greg Cunningham is a man in demand this summer. According to HITC sources, Championship duo Middlesbrough and Cardiff City are hoping to lure him away from Preston North End before the new season.

The former Manchester City youngster has two years remaining on his contract at Deepdale, meaning he wouldn’t come cheap. However, the fact his performances have gone under the radar since moving from Bristol City two years ago do the Republic of Ireland left-back a disservice.

Cunningham has been one of the most consistently reliable fullbacks in the Championship over the last two years and would surely be an astute replacement if recently relegated Middlesbrough were unable to hang onto George Friend this summer.

However, if there’s one group of fans who do not need to be convinced about Cunningham’s understated qualities, its Nottingham Forests.

Initially arriving at the City Ground on a two-month loan in October 2011 to cover a defensive injury crisis, Forest did not wait around tying the then-City starlet down to a deal until the end of the campaign.

Charlton's Tony Watt in action with Preston's Greg Cunningham

With just two defeats in their final ten games of the season, Forest narrowly avoided relegation to League One in 2011/12 and Cunningham’s stand-out performances on the left of defence played a pivotal role.

And, five years on, the 26-year-old would surely be welcomed back at Forest with open arms.

The club are understood to be on the market for reinforcements at left-back following the release of Dani Pinillos. And The Times claims that QPR’s Jake Bidwell is a potential target.

QPR’s Jake Bidwell and Aston Villa’s Gary Gardner in actionQPR’s Jake Bidwell has been linked to Forest alongside team-mate Massimo Luongo

However, who better than a man who knows the club well, a solid, consistent performer held in high esteem by the fans?

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