Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner set to join Nottingham Forest on loan

Nottingham Forest are poised to sign Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner on loan until the end of the season.

After last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Rochdale in the FA Cup, Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce is seemingly on the brink.

Reports this week have suggested that Forest are lining up former Chelsea defender Dan Petrescu as a possible replacement for Pearce, who has seen his side fall apart since making a blistering start to the season.

Just three points from a possible 18 have seen Forest slip to 11th place, and they now sit nine points off a play-off place despite leading the Championship table in mid-September.

Reinforcements are required this month, and it seems that Forest are on the verge of signing Aston Villa midfielder Gary Gardner on loan.

Gardner, 22, spent time on loan with Brighton and Hove Albion earlier this term, and is now being farmed out by Villa again, with the City Ground his latest destination.

The brother of former Villa midfielder and current West Brom ace Craig Gardner, Gary made five appearances under Pearce for the England Under-21's, scoring twice.

It's believed that Pearce's knowledge of Gardner is key to his arrival, much like it was with the signing of Hull winger Thomas Ince earlier this season.

The Nottingham Post suggest that Gardner will be in the Forest squad to face Sheffield Wednesday later today, with a loan deal until the end of the season in the pipeline.

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