Report: Gary Rowett could make Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj his first target at Stoke City

Gary Rowett manager of Derby gives instructions during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Wolverhampton at iPro Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Derby, England.

Former Derby County boss Gary Rowett could make Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj his first target at Stoke City.

Derby County manager Gary Rowett during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby and Middlesbrough at iPro Stadium on April 21, 2018 in Derby, England.

According to the Nottingham Post, Gary Rowett could attempt to make Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj his first signing at Stoke City.

Rowett only left Derby County yesterday to join Stoke, but he is reportedly a big fan of Lichaj, whose future at Forest is in doubt.

The American has been one of Forest’s key players over the past campaign, but he has entered the last year of his contract.

Eric Lichaj of Forest celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City at the City Ground on October 14, 2016 in...

Lichaj now has interest from a host of Championship sides, including Queens Park Rangers, while MLS teams are also keen on him.

Stoke City are also touted as a possible destination for Lichaj by the Nottingham Post, as Rowett always rated Lichaj’s performances, even when he was Derby manager.

Eric Lichaj of Nottingham Forest tackles Kenedy of Chelsea during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Chelsea and Nottingham Forest at Stamford Bridge on September 19, 2017 in London,...

Stoke are expected to have sizeable funds to spend this summer, which was part of the reason why Rowett left Derby to join them, and should have no problem meeting Forest’s asking price for the 29-year-old.

Forest realise that this could be their last chance to receive a sizeable fee for Lichaj, unless they are able to convince the full-back to sign a new contract in the near future.

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