Albert Adomah had been linked with Nottingham Forest before opting to stay at Aston Villa last summer.
With the summer transfer window now in full swing, the Reds will be turning their attention to potential incomings. Martin O’Neill will want to ensure his side forge a stronger push for promotion to the Premier League next season.
It is well documented that the Reds are crying out for more options in wide areas. They have been far too reliant on Joe Lolley this season. No-one has been able to claim the position on the right-hand side as their own.
Matty Cash is the player to have been most frequently utilised in that position. However, he isn’t good enough if the Reds are looking to seriously challenge for promotion next season. He’s most effective being used as an impact substitute.
In this case, Adomah is capable of playing on both the right and the left. It comes as a surprise that the Villans have allowed him to leave, considering his contribution to the club over the last few years. His most productive season for the club came in the 2017/18 campaign, as he bagged 15 goals. He made 39 appearances in the Championship last season, scoring four times.
The Nottingham Post reported in August last year that the Reds were one of several sides interested in the winger. Newcastle United, West Bromwich Albion, Leeds United and Middlesbrough were all also said to be interested in the 31-year-old. However, Adomah eventually decided to see out his contract at Villa Park.
He played a key role in helping them secure promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs last season.
And don’t be surprised to see speculation surrounding Adomah now return to the gossips columns. Because now he is a free agent, there are bound to be numerous sides chasing his signature.
Experienced, versatile and a threat going forward, Adomah may be a risk worth taking for any Championship side. The only stumbling block could be his wages, which were likely to be a considerable amount during his time with the Villans.