Nottingham Forest are eyeing up a move to sign former player Jamie Paterson during the summer transfer window, according to Football Insider.
The forward will see his contract at Bristol City expire in the summer and a new one doesn’t seem to be forthcoming.
Birmingham, Stoke and Millwall are all in contention to sign the 29-year-old who seems to hold a desire to exit Ashton Gate.
During his time at the City Ground previously, Paterson operated on the wing. These days, he is viewed as a No.10, however, often playing as a second striker.
The experienced Championship performer has scored four goals and claimed two assists this season.
He hasn’t featured since February though after picking up an injury which has curtailed his campaign.
At Forest he scored 16 goals and claimed eight assists from 69 appearances.
Perhaps his defining moment in the Garibaldi came during an FA Cup clash against West Ham when he scored a hat-trick.
Chris Hughton has spoken of his desire to sign attackers in the summer.
His Forest team have struggled for goals throughout 2020/21 and changes are needed in order to have a better campaign next season.
Paterson would be available on a free and will have plenty of options to choose from.
Following his arrival at Forest the first time, Billy Davies had some really kind words about the player.
“We are delighted to have him and he was very impressive last season. Jamie is undoubtedly an exciting prospect.”
Should Forest welcome Paterson back?
It’s a difficult one. For the first half of 2020/21, the Reds struggled desperately for a creative spark.
With Filip Krovinovic set to leave the club, Forest could find themselves back to square one.
Joao Carvalho will return from a loan with Almeria but it remains to be seen whether he can force his way into Hughton’s plans.
Paterson would certainly add another option and on a free, he might be a decent addition.
Forest should really be targeting better though and Hughton would be wise to look elsewhere for a first-choice No.10 next season.