Report: Nottingham Forest have bid rejected for Middlesbrough's Fabio da Silva

Middlesbrough's Spanish manager Aitor Karanka gestures from the touchline during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Middlesbrough at the Emirates Stadium in...

Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka reportedly wants to raid Championship rivals Middlesbrough to reunite with Fabio da Silva at the City Ground.

Boro player Fabio Da Silva in action  during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Manchester United at Riverside Stadium on March 19, 2017 in Middlesbrough, England.

Nottingham Forest appeared to solve their left-back shortage with the signing of Jack Robinson on a free from Championship rivals Queens Park Rangers.

But, as the 24-year-old former Liverpool man pointed out at his unveiling, he made the vast majority of his 29 Championship starts last season at centre-back. It seems more likely, then, that Robinson (below) will rival Michael Dawson, Danny Fox, Joe Worrall and Tobias Figueiredo for a place in the centre.

Jack Robinson of Queens Park Rangers in action during the Carabao Cup first round match between Queens Park Rangers and Northampton Town at Loftus Road on August 8, 2017 in London, England.

Which perhaps explains why Forest are now allegedly keen to raid another second tier side, Middlesbrough, to sign their experienced Brazilian Fabio da Silva.

The Nottingham Post reported last week that Aitor Karanka was hopeful that a deal to sign Fabio from his former side could be reached.

And the Northern Echo have shed more light on the situation. It is understood that Forest have indeed made formal contact with Middlesbrough about potentially signing the former Manchester United defender, who started the 2011 Champions League final against Barcelona.

Manchester United's Brazilian defender Fabio Da Silva (2ndR) vies with Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) during the UEFA Champions League final football match FC Barcelona...

The report even adds that Forest had offered £300,000 to sign Fabio last month, although this was immediately rejected by Middlesbrough.

It remains to be seen whether Karanka will return with a new bid for a player he signed in 2016 for £2 million from Cardiff City.

Fabio has just one year left on his contract so would not break the bank.

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