Nottingham Forest are being linked with a move for FC Emmen left-back Caner Cavlan, and he could offer some much-need competition.

According to reports in the Nottingham Post, the Reds hold an interest in signing the 27-year-old full-back this summer.

If the Reds were to strike a deal on his wages, then they’d be able to sign Cavlan on a free transfer. He only signed a one-year deal at FC Emmen last summer.

If a deal could be done, then it is one that makes sense.

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Forest currently only have one left-back on their books in the form of Jack Robinson.

Even if Martin O’Neill decides to stick with a back three next season, the Reds do need another left-back as cover.

Cavlan is unlikely to be of Robinson’s quality, but he would fill a gap in the squad.

At 27-years-old, he still has plenty of years ahead of him. It’s possible that he is yet to hit his prime.

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If that’s the case, the Reds may be able to pick themselves up a bargain.


FC Emmen Chairman Ronald Lubbers has recently been speaking to RTV Drenthe about the full-back’s future. He certainly doesn’t seem hopeful that they’ll be able to keep hold of him.

He said: “We hope to keep him, but we have to take into account a scenario in which that is not realistic.

“Cavlan has offers from abroad and will look at all options. It is clear that living in Doetinchem and playing at FC Emmen is not a good combination, so if he stays that will have to change.”

Cavlan would add something to the Reds’ ranks, but would undoubtedly be a gamble.

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The full-back has been one of FC Emmen’s star players this season in the Eredivisie. He made 34 appearances in the league, scoring four goals and contributing six assists. That certainly isn’t a bad return for a full-back.

If O’Neill is keen on playing a back three with wing-backs next season, then Cavlan may be a decent option. He could provide extra creativity from wide positions which the Reds lacked at times last season.

However, the Reds aren’t the only side reportedly chasing his signature. According to the Nottingham Post, Olympiacos, also owned by Evangelos Marinakis, and Real Betis are also both interested.

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