Nottingham Forest fans surprised they didn't target Aston Villa's Tommy Elphick

Nottingham Forest fans gesture during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Ipswich Town at City Ground on May 7, 2017 in Nottingham, England.

Aston Villa will loan centre-back Tommy Elphick to Reading, but Championship rivals Nottingham Forest were never in the race for some reason.

Villa defender Tommy Elphick in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Newcastle United and Aston Villa at St James' Park on February 20, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

It appears that a disappointing 18 months at Aston Villa has not done much for Tommy Elphick’s reputation.

The experienced centre-back has plenty of Championship experience and won the league with Bournemouth as recently as 2015. But there has been an alarming lack of interest in Elphick this month, despite Aston Villa looking to get the 30-year-old off their books.

According to Sky Sports, Elphick is set to join Championship strugglers Reading on loan until the end of the season.

Tommy Elphick of Bournemouth lifts the trophy while Bournemouth players celebrate winning the Championship after the Sky Bet Championship match between Charlton Athletic and AFC...

And fans of Nottingham Forest are understandably wondering why on earth their side did not make a move for a player who could immediately have improved their starting XI.

After all, Reading have conceded seven more goals in the Championship this season than Forest. They have the fifth worst defensive record in the entire division with the likes of Matt Mills (below) and Michael Mancienne the subject of constant scrutiny and criticism.

Matthew Mills of Nottingham Forest reacts after the Sky Bet Championship match between Bristol City and Nottingham Forest at Ashton Gate on October 1, 2016 in Bristol, England.

Yet, there have been no additions to shore up an obvious Achilles heel; one that nearly cost Forest their Championship status last season.

So the news that a proven second tier performer like Elphick is joining a potential relegation rival for nothing certainly raises more questions about Nottingham Forest’s transfer policy.

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