Nottingham Forest were dealt a sizeable blow in the transfer market on Tuesday when Sam Byram signed for Norwich City.

The right-back spent last season on loan at the City Ground; playing eight games in a season that was dogged by injury.

Despite seeing his campaign ravaged, several Forest supporters had hoped he would be signed permanently by the club.

That wasn’t the case and the search for a right-back goes on.

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Perhaps another Premier League club could provide a loan solution to Forest’s defensive search.

Mason Holgate spent time on loan with West Bromwich Albion last season and could well leave Goodison Park once again.

During his time with the Baggies, he played 23 games and helped the club reach the Championship play-offs.

Toffees boss Marco Silva hasn’t helped Holgate’s chances of regaining a place in the Everton team.

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He told the Liverpool Echo recently that he’d like to sign a right-back during the transfer window.

That would leave the 22-year-old as third choice and after playing regularly for West Brom he will want to be playing regular football.

Forest would be wise to pounce on the ex-Barnsley youngster.

He boasts 38 Premier League appearances to his name and last season proved himself to be a standout performer in the second tier of English football.


Holgate, who can also play at centre-back, is hardworking, quick and extremely strong in the tackle.

He would be a coup for any club in the Championship and his presence among the Forest back four could well see the club go on a charge towards the top six.

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