Nottingham Forest are preparing to swoop for Dundee United goalkeeper Benjamin Siegrist, according to a report in the Daily Record (28/05, page 47).
The Terrors were consigned to another season playing second-tier football in Scotland at the weekend; losing on penalties to St Mirren in the play-offs.
Boss Robbie Neilson will now be resigned to losing his top players this summer and that is likely to include Siegrist.
The report claims that Premier League Crystal Palace are interested too, which could have a factor in whether or not Forest get themselves a deal.
There is a question to be asked over whether or not the Reds need another goalkeeper. The signing of Siegrist would seem to suggest that Martin O’Neill isn’t really convinced by Luke Steele.
The stopper has spent a large part of the season acting as understudy to Costel Pantilimon who is firmly established as the club’s number one.
Steele was handed starts against Sheffield Wednesday and Bolton in the Championship; whilst he also played in the cup competitions under Aitor Karanka’s management.
The 34-year-old has played second fiddle for the majority of his career and could move on in search of first-team football. Siegrist is 27 and might fancy the challenge of trying to oust Pantilimon as the club’s number one stopper.
O’Neill knows all about the big 6ft 5in custodian having worked with him at Aston Villa. Speculation regarding another goalkeeper seems to imply the club’s willingness to sign another one.
After not enjoying much game time at Mansfield, Jordan Smith will almost certainly leave either on loan or permanently this summer. The links to Siegrist would perhaps imply that the future looks particularly bleak for Steele as well.