Nottingham Forest have made an approach to Brighton and Hove Albion regarding the availability of Shane Duffy, according to the Scottish Sun.
The centre-back has spent the first half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan in the Scottish Premiership with Celtic.
He has made 12 appearances for the Hoops, scoring three goals but perhaps more crucially, has recently found himself out of favour.
As a result, Forest are trying to take advantage and have now asked Brighton about his availability.
The move hinges on Celtic. They would need to agree to cut short his loan – and take a substantial financial hit.
A seven-figure loan fee and a large chunk of his £40,000-a-week wage were paid during the summer transfer window by the Hoops.
Christopher Jullien is set to be out for at least three months with injury.
However, Neil Lennon opted to play Kristoffer Ajer and Nir Bitton at centre-back in Monday’s draw with Hibernian.
Duffy made 36 appearances as Brighton won promotion under Chris Hughton during the 2016/17 campaign.
In total, he’s played 130 times for the Seagulls and played 96 times in the Premier League during his career.
Now, Hughton is thought to be keen to reunite with the 29-year-old for the second half of the current campaign.
Would Duffy be a decent signing?
It has to be said that the signing of another centre-half, whether Duffy or someone else, would be truly bizarre.
Forest have Joe Worrall, Scott McKenna, Loic Mbe Soh, Tobias Figueiredo and Michael Dawson all vying for a place in the team.
Even if one of them was to be sold, it still wouldn’t make a great deal of sense to add Duffy.
During the first half of the season at Celtic he started really well. In recent weeks, however, he has faded really badly.
Hughton clearly knows all about Duffy and what he could bring to the squad but this is a deal that is unlikely to go down well with supporters.
Some would love to see the average age of the squad lowered and signing Duffy would represent another signing with little sell-on value.
Taking everything into consideration, a deal to sign the defender is probably one best left alone for Forest.