The Mirror claim that Jordan Gabriel is set to earn a Nottingham Forest chance under Chris Hughton during the 2021/22 campaign.
It is thought that Forest have doubts over the future of Cyrus Christie and are weighing up other options.
The 28-year-old is on loan from Fulham and has played 28 games in the Championship this season.
He will be available for free at the end of the season but Forest hold reservations on his £20,000-a-week wages.
Gabriel has been on loan at Blackpool during 2020/21.
He played for the Reds in the Carabao Cup at Barnsley and against QPR in the Championship curtain-raiser.
Following Christie’s arrival though he was allowed to join the League One outfit to play regular first-team football.
He has made 16 appearances during his time at Bloomfield Road and has looked more impressive as the season’s progressed.
Forest also have Carl Jenkinson under contract next season and it seems unlikely Christie will earn a City Ground deal.
Christie played 24 times for the Cottagers as they won promotion to the Premier League last season.
He was introduced as a substitute in the Play-Off Final against Brentford – having started both legs of the semi-final.
Christie has second-tier experience with Coventry, Derby and Middlesbrough to his name and will become a free agent in the summer.
Is this a wise move by Forest?
On the face of it, it certainly looks like one that will be popular with supporters.
Christie has blown hot and cold for the Reds and has rarely looked capable defensively in a Forest shirt.
Given his sizeable wages, signing him permanently doesn’t look like the best decision ever made by the club.
Forest will have other areas that need strengthening in the summer and filling a gap with Gabriel looks wise.
He has cut his teeth at Blackpool and will be ready to come in and stake his claim for a place at the City Ground.
At 22 he should now be ready for Championship football and letting an academy player shine will go down a treat with supporters.