Nottingham Forest could be about to complete the free transfer signing of Tyler Blackett, according to RMC Sport.
Football journalist Loic Tanzi has tweeted suggesting that the former Manchester United trainee was set for the MLS with Cincinnati but could now join the Reds.
Blackett was released by Reading at the end of last season after making 20 appearances for the Royals during 2019/20.
The 26-year-old played in both games between Forest and Reading last season, with both fixtures finishing 1-1.
In total Blackett featured 122 times for the Berkshire-based team having joined from United in 2016. He’s also spent time on loan with Birmingham City, Blackpool and Celtic during his career.
The fact that he can operate as a left-back or in the centre of defence highlights why Forest would be keen to make the signing.
With Michael Dawson now 36, the club are heavily reliant on Tobias Figueiredo and Joe Worrall at central defence.
Yuri Ribeiro is currently the senior left-back in the Forest ranks and it’s anticipated that Blackett would provide Sabri Lamouchi with some competition.
Gaetan Bong is at the club but if an offer came in for him, it’s anticipated he’d be allowed to leave.
If Forest can get the deal over the line it will certainly be one that is met with an element of apprehension among the fanbase.
Blackett was part of a squad that reached the Play-Off Final during the 2016/17 campaign in the highlight of his time with Reading.
Last season though he was largely inconsistent and did spend some of the campaign operating as second fiddle in Mark Bowen’s team.
With that in mind, the jury might remain out for some supporters if Blackett’s arrival is confirmed.
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Forest have Danny Preston performing well in the club’s academy ranks and some might suggest promotion him as an alternative to signing Blackett.
The Reds need players capable of having an impact on the first-team and if money is tight they should perhaps be selective over who arrives at the club.
Blackett does tick the box as a proven Championship performer, but the fact he was willing to head to the MLS at just 26 perhaps tells a far bigger story here.