Nottingham Forest are set to complete the signing of Fulham defender Cyrus Christie, with the player set to arrive at the City Ground by the weekend, according to BBC Radio Nottingham.
The right-back won promotion with the Cottagers last season, playing 30 times in Scott Parker’s team as they secured victory in the Play-Off Final.
Christie began his career at Coventry City, coming through the youth ranks before earning a move to Derby County in 2014.
He made 119 appearances for the Rams, helping them to the play-offs during the 2015/16 campaign where they lost out to Hull City.
In 2017 he signed for Middlesbrough and after 18 months at the Riverside Stadium, he earnt himself a move to Craven Cottage in January 2018.
The 27-year-old has played 67 times for Fulham with 28 of those outings coming in the Premier League during the 2018/19 campaign.
Christie can operate as a conventional right-back or as a right wing-back which will allow Sabri Lamouchi some versatility on the right-hand side.
The experienced Championship performer earns £20,000-a-week (Spotrac) at Craven Cottage and it remains to be seen whether he’ll be signed in time to play on Saturday.
NFN Verdict – Christie provides proven option but will players now depart?
Christie is quick, energetic and comfortable in possession of the ball but surely Forest will look to trim their right-back options now.
Jordan Gabriel has played the first two games of the season, with Carl Jenkinson, Tendayi Darikwa and Jayden Richardson all still on the books.
Even if the young duo Gabriel and Richardson were to go on loan, three right-backs is pretty excessive at Championship level.
Darikwa hasn’t played for over a year after injuring his knee and Jenkinson has struggled for a regular run in the team.
With Christie set to check-in, surely it’s in the club’s mind to possibly offload one of the club’s senior options on the right-hand side too.