Report: Cardiff City eye Armand Traore after Nottingham Forest exit

Nottingham Forest's manager Aitor Karanka looks on during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between Hull City and Nottingham Forest at KCOM Stadium on January 27, 2018 in Hull,...

Nottingham Forest have released Armand Traore and he is set to join Championship rivals Cardiff City to link up again with manager Neil Warnock.

Armand Traore of Nottingham Forest in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Nottingham Forest at iPro Stadium on October 15, 2017 in Derby, England.

It was certainly a busy deadline day at Nottingham Forest.

But while a three new players arrived at the City Ground in the shape of Ashkan Dejagah, Adlene Guedioura and Costel Pantilimon, manager Aitor Karanka also did not wait around to ship out a few forgotten men.

Centre-back Matt Mills and winger Mustapha Carayol had their contracts terminated and they will be followed out the door by left-back Armand Traore.

Armand Traore of Nottingham Forest chases down Theo Walcott of Arsenal during The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Nottingham Forest and Arsenal at City Ground on January 7, 2018...

Wales Online has reported on Thursday morning that the former Arsenal and Juventus man has been let go by Forest after just 18 months at the City Ground.

But the 28-year-old should not struggle to find a new home because the report adds that Traore is expected to put pen to paper with Championship rivals Cardiff City almost immediately.

Manager Neil Warnock is a big fan of the five-time Senegal international, having coached him during a previous spell at QPR, and wants him to provide competition for Joe Bennett at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Manager of Cardiff City Neil Warnock looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff City at Loftus Road on March 4, 2017 in London, England.

Cardiff have a good chance of reaching the play-offs as things stand, so signing an experienced Championship performer like Traore could prove to be an excellent decision with a daunting fixture list on the horizon.

Whether Forest will end up ruing the decision to strip down their squad with the club hardly safe from a relegation dogfight, however, remains to be seen.

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