Aitor Karanka wants to reunite with his former Middlesbrough star Adam Clayton at Nottingham Forest, but Championship rivals Aston Villa are keen, too.
Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for Middlesbrough's Grant Leadbitter.
Nottingham Forest were beaten 1-0 by Aston Villa in Aitor Karanka's first game in charge.
Aitor Karanka has been appointed the Nottingham Forest manager.
Nottingham Forest have been linked with Chelsea winger Charly Musonda recently.
Aitor Karanka will take charge of his first game for the club this weekend.
Nottingham Forest and Leeds United are just two of the Championship teams keen to take Adam Clayton away from Tony Pulis's Middlesbrough this January.
Aitor Karanka is yet to make a signing at Nottingham Forest.
Nottingham Forest have conceded 42 goals in the Championship so far this season.
Nottingham Forest host Aston Villa at the City Ground in the Championship.