Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox is reportedly close to sealing a move to Wigan Athletic.
According to the Nottingham Post, the 32-year-old’s move could be completed tomorrow. It’s a move that has been in the pipeline for a while and will come as no surprise to supporters.
Fox was left out of the matchday squad yesterday afternoon by Martin O’Neill. The Reds didn’t miss his presence as they claimed a precious three points in a 3-1 win against his admirers.
In his post-match interview, O’Neill stated that it is a deal he expects to go through. He said: “I had spoken to Danny and Wigan have made an offer for him.
“There were a couple of things transpiring at the time. It was an awkward one for him, because of all the opposition we had, it had to be Wigan.
“I thought I would take it out of his hands and just not play him in the game. I expect that transfer to go through.”
However, due to the current lack of available centre-backs for O’Neill, the main concern will be whether Fox is going to be replaced. There are only a few days left of the transfer window and time is running out.
Will O’Neill get another defender in?
As it stands, Michael Hefele, Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo all remain on the sidelines through injury. If Fox’s move does go through, that would leave Yohan Benalouane as the only recognised centre-back available to O’Neill.
As a result of this, surely the Reds will be bringing in another defender next week?
Yes, Jack Robinson has done a perfectly good job in the centre of defence. However, the Reds have a lot more balance when he is playing at left-back. This would also allow Ben Osborn to play further up the pitch.
The Reds are one of a number of sides who have been linked with Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings. He would no doubt be a superb signing, not only for his quality but also his versatility.
Similarly to Fox, he has the ability to play both at left-back and in the centre of defence. This sort of flexibility could prove very handy to O’Neill in the remainder of the season.
Apart from Mings, not many other defenders have been linked with a move to the City Ground as of yet. Of course, there is plenty of time for that to change.
O’Neill hinted in his post-match interview that it could be a busy week. He said: “We are hoping to try and do something – we are very much trying to do something, between now and Thursday.
“I think the players in there need a bit of help. We have got to bring players in. We don’t want to be left behind.”
With the Reds having closed the gap on the play-offs to four points, the next few days could prove decisive in whether they are able to reignite their promotion push.