Former Nottingham Forest ‘target’ Alan Hutton remains a free agent, despite being linked with numerous Championship sides this summer. 

The 34-year-old right-back has been linked with a move to the City Ground on numerous occasions in recent years.

The 50-cap Scotland international did have a spell on Trentside on loan from Aston Villa in the 2012/13 campaign. He made seven appearances for the Reds before returning to Villa Park.

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He was most recently linked with a move to the City Ground at the end of June. According to The Sun, the Reds were on the verge of signing Hutton on a free transfer whilst still under the management of Martin O’Neill.

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As it happened, Sabri Lamouchi replaced the Northern Irishman as manager a few days later, and a move for Hutton never materialised.

Lamouchi instead opted to sign Carl Jenkinson from Arsenal for around £2 million. Matty Cash has been competing with Jenkinson for the right-back spot after Tendayi Darikwa was ruled out for a number of months through injury.

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Having helped Aston Villa win promotion last season, it’s surprising that Hutton is still without a club.

However, the 34-year-old has recently told BBC Scotland that it has to be the right opportunity. He said: “I have had offers from Championship clubs but it’s a difficult one.

“I have contemplated retirement. Everyone says that same thing – don’t do it, you’ll miss it – but for me it has to be right.

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“People look at you differently when you are over the 30 mark.”

Given Jenkinson’s performances since arriving at the City Ground, it’s fair to say that the Reds made a smart decision.

At 27-years-old, the former Gunner is arguably in the prime of his career. If they had moved for Hutton instead, then he might’ve only had one year left in him at Championship level.

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It’ll certainly be interesting to see what Hutton decides to do next. It would certainly be a shame to see a player of his ability retire at this stage of his career.

There’s no doubt that a number of Championship sides would still be interested in securing his services.

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