Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for AFC Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings.
According to the Nottingham Post, the defender was among four targets the club had drawn up before Aitor Karanka’s departure. Despite the fact Martin O’Neill has since taken over, the Reds are still reportedly interested.
In this case, it isn’t a surprise that Forest have been alerted by Mings’ availability. They have been hit by a defensive injury crisis recently and reinforcements are required.
However, luring Mings to the City Ground could prove a difficult task. Both Aston Villa and West Brom are also interested in securing his signature. Considering the spending power of both clubs, they may blow the Reds out of the water in terms of the wages they are able to offer.
O’Neill will undoubtedly want to add to his squad this month. Although the positions he wants so strengthen are unknown, another defender and forward will surely be on his wishlist.
In short, if the Reds were able to get a deal over the line, Mings would be a superb addition. There won’t be many better defenders who become available before the transfer window slams shut.
Mings the long-term answer at left-back?
It’s fair to say that left-back has been a problematic position for the Reds over the years. Jack Robinson looked to have finally ended that issue.
As a result of him joining on a free transfer and his previous injury record, not many supporters expected Robinson to make the impact that he has. He has arguably been one of Forest’s most consistent performers, although his discipline could’ve been better.
Unfortunately for Forest, an injury crisis in defence has seen Robinson have to fill in at centre-back. This has proved to be far from ideal, and the Reds lack the same balance when they don’t have him bombing up the left-hand side.
With Michael Dawson, Michael Hefele and Tobias Figueiredo still struggling with injury, Robinson may find himself in that position for a while yet. Therefore, if Mings did arrive at the City Ground, he would likely find himself straight in the team at left-back.
Mings would be a significant upgrade on Fox
Danny Fox is back available for the visit of Wigan this weekend. However, there is no doubt that Mings would be a significant upgrade on the 32-year-old. Wigan are reportedly interested in signing Fox, and this is a deal that could well go ahead if Forest were to sign a new defender this month.
Fox’s versatility of being able to play both at left-back and in the centre of defence shouldn’t justify the Reds keeping hold of him. Mings has also proven that he can perform in both positions.
The main concern for many regarding Mings will be his injury record. He suffered a serious knee injury just six minutes into his Bournemouth debut. However, he appears to have recovered from that now and is in need of game time.
Bournemouth are reportedly keen on offloading the defender on a permanent basis. Although, it’s unknown how much of the £8 million they paid for him in 2015 they want to recoup.
Despite only making five appearances in the top flight this season, Mings is a player well worth pursuing.