Wigan Athletic are reportedly interested in signing Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox this month.
The Reds look set to allow a number of players to move on.
But it remains to be seen whether the 32-year-old is one of those.
Having joined the Reds in 2014, the defender is one of Forest’s longest serving players.
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His time at the club has been very up and down to say the least.
From being frozen out by Dougie Freedman, to being one of Aitor Karanka’s key men, it’s been an interesting couple of years for Fox.
Should Forest allow Fox to leave?
With the current defensive injury crisis, it would appear naive of Forest to allow this transfer to happen.
In his first few days as manager, one of the biggest headaches Martin O’Neill will face is who to play in defence against Bristol City.
Michael Hefele, Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo, Tendayi Darikwa and Fox all look set to miss out through either injury or suspension. In short, the Reds appear to be in no position to allow a defender to leave.
Fox was sent off against Reading following a second bookable offence, meaning he will only be suspended for one game.
He will be back available for selection when Forest face Wigan at the City Ground.
If Forest’s defensive crisis has eased by the end of the month, they may then consider allowing Fox to move on.
A dip in performance levels
If you’d suggested that Fox should be allowed to leave at the end of October, you’d have been seen as mad. He was arguably playing the best football he ever has at the City Ground under the guidance of Karanka.
Fox appeared extremely comfortable as the left-sided centre-back, offering perfect balance to the side.
However, ever since he has returned from injury, he hasn’t looked the same player. He has been involved in the defeats to Millwall, Chelsea and Reading, as well as the late capitulation at Norwich.
With his contract due to expire in the summer, it may be time for the Reds to allow Fox to move on, whilst freeing up space to make new additions.