It was claimed just last week by Nottinghamshire Live that Wes Morgan would consider an emotional return to Nottingham Forest when his contract with Leicester City expires at the end of the season.

The central defender is born and bred in Nottingham, making over 400 appearances for Forest before joining the Foxes in 2012.

He told Nottinghamshire Live: “Who knows what could happen? Come this time next year they might have got promoted and they might ask if I’m interested in joining the club.

“It would be nice to get back at the City Ground at some point.”

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Morgan will be 36 by the time the next season gets underway and although there would be lots of sentimental value it is perhaps a deal that would be best avoided by the Reds.

That doesn’t mean they shouldn’t look towards the King Power Stadium for another centre-back, however.

Leicester are flying high in the league right now and sit third after Friday’s 9-0 demolition of Southampton.

One man who is struggling to get a kick at Leicester right now is Filip Benkovic and boss Brendan Rodgers has admitted that he could allow the centre-back to move away from the club (The Telegraph).

 

The 22-year-old will have plenty of suitors and Forest might be wise to have a look at a potential deal.

Right now the club is blessed with lots of central defensive options, although that could change in the summer. Michael Dawson could choose to call it a day when his contract expires, whilst the jury remains out on Tobias Figueiredo.

That could see Forest enter the market for another centre-back in the near future and if available Benkovic would be well worth a look.

During the 2018/19 campaign, he made 30 appearances on loan at Celtic helping the Hoops complete a remarkable triple treble.

Perfect fit

The whole package would prove attractive for Forest. Benkovic is young and would fit in with the ethos of a relatively young squad in place at the City Ground.

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His height would ensure that Forest are blessed with a handy aerial presence in the back four and with one-cap for Croatia he is clearly a man who is highly-rated.

It is unsure at this stage how much Leicester would want to recoup for Benkovic but at this stage in his career, he would certainly represent a shrewder investment that handing a contract to Morgan.

Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi has shown that he likes his central defenders to defend first and foremost and on that basis, the Reds would be wise to declare their interest in signing Benkovic should the price be right.

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