With Nottingham Forest firmly in the hunt for a top six finish in the Championship, the transfer market is likely to be an active time for the club.

Lots of names will be linked with moves to the City Ground in the coming weeks, particularly after a pro-active summer.

One name that has been touted round recently is that of midfielder Jordon Mutch, who recently ripped his Crystal Palace contract up.

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The 27-year-old would have been out of contract in the summer and, according to Football Insider, the Reds hold an interest in securing his signature.

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The news does ask the question as to whether he is really needed at the City Ground?

The middle of the park is not exactly a problematic area in Aitor Karanka’s squad, as he boasts several midfield players already.

Even if Liam Bridcutt and Ben Watson are allowed to leave this month, that would still leave the Reds with Claudio Yacob, Jack Colback, and Adlene Guedioura to battle it out for places in the midfield engine room.

Match fitness concerns

It is safe to say that Mutch hasn’t played much football of late either.

During a loan spell with Vancouver Whitecaps in the MLS last season, he scored twice in 18 appearances, but you have to go back further for his last appearance in England.

His last game on these shores was for Reading, where he spent time on loan, in a 7-1 thrashing against Norwich in April 2017 representing a reason for concern should Forest pursue a deal.

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Forest need players to come in and hit the ground running; with injuries already tallying up they can ill-afford any more bodies on the treatment table.

Mutch represents a risk that the club quite simply doesn’t need to take at the moment.

Academy graduate Ryan Yates has made the bench for the last two games and the signing of Mutch could hamper his progress.

The 21-year-old could yet go out on loan this month but the Reds are running the risk of stockpiling players.

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