Nottingham Forest are keen on signing Republic of Ireland midfielder Jack Byrne, according to Cypriot outlet Prothalima.

The 24-year-old is wanted by APOEL in a move that would see him link-up with former international boss Mick McCarthy.

There is interest from England though with Forest, Stoke City and Preston all thought to be keen.

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk - FAI Cup Final
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Byrne is currently playing for Shamrock Rovers where he scored 10 goals and registered eight assists last season.


The midfielder typically operated in the No.10 role but can operate as a more natural central midfielder.

He came through the ranks at Manchester City and boasts experience at Wigan, Blackburn Rovers and Oldham.

Chris Hughton will almost certainly want to bolster his ranks when the transfer window reopens.

A creative spark has been lacking at the City Ground this season, with Forest mustering just nine goals from their opening 16 fixtures.

Byrne has been identified as someone who could help their ability to create chances and seems almost certain to leave Shamrock.

The midfielder has four caps for the Republic of Ireland and shouldn’t cost a fortune.

Would Byrne be a decent signing for Forest?

Well, he’d certainly provide the Reds with a different type of player to what they currently have.

The Reds have struggled to find success with a No.10 and with Luke Freeman currently injured, Hughton has been forced to adopt a 4-3-3.

Shamrock Rovers v Dundalk - FAI Cup Final
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Forest will need to do something in January if they are to pull clear of the relegation zone and Byrne looks to be highly-rated.

Sabri Lamouchi targeted several defence-minded midfield players during the summer. As a result, Forest have been left with more defence-minded midfielders than they know what to do with.

Hughton will need to act quickly once the transfer window reopens and Byrne could provide an attractive start to January.

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