With it being expected that Nottingham Forest won’t be parting with cash that easily this summer, re-signing Jamie Paterson isn’t the worst idea for them.
The Bristol City man signed for Forest back in 2013 from Walsall, with the technically gifted player proving very popular in his three years on Trentside.
Able to perform on both the wing and in the 10 role, Paterson left Forest for Bristol City in 2016 and has gone on to play over 150 times for the Robins.
However, with his contract set to expire this summer, it isn’t clear where Paterson will be playing next year and this could play into Forest’s hands.
It’s no secret that unless Forest change formation, they will be looking for someone who can play in the number 10 role this summer – even if Joao Carvalho returns.
They will also be looking for a winger, so given that Paterson can play in both positions and does so very well at Championship level, something like a two-year deal would work in Forest’s favour.
The chance to sign a player that can has proven he can do it in the Championship on a free transfer makes it even more appealing.
It would also give Paterson a chance to move closer to home, as he was born in Coventry.
Given that Paterson is 29 and will be 30 at the end of the year, there are naturally some long term concerns regarding signing him.
However, he ticks a lot of boxes for Forest and could prove to be a valuable asset for Chris Hughton if he checks in on Trentside for a second time.
It would be a notable return for someone Forest fans thought would get to the Premier League given his talent – maybe he’ll still get there and in a Forest shirt.
Would you re-sign Jamie Paterson for Nottingham Forest?