Nottingham Forest are eyeing a move for Reading defender Tom Holmes, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

The youngster is typically a central defender, although he did find himself playing as a right-back for much of last season.

He made 21 appearances for Reading on the right-hand side of the defence last season as the Royals flirted with the play-offs.

In total, he has made 41 outings for Reading and is a product of the club’s youth academy. At 21, he is also viewed as a player who will only improve in the future.

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Forest are in the market for full-backs. Cyrus Christie has returned to Fulham, whilst Jordan Gabriel has been linked with a move away from the club.

Carl Jenkinson hasn’t featured in pre-season and is also surplus to requirements.

The Reds face Coventry City on Sunday and their need for new recruits is getting pretty desperate.

Reading are in financial turmoil. They are currently operating under a soft embargo, with several permutations stopping them from adding to their squad.

Berkshire Live have claimed that the Royals are considering offering Holmes a new deal. The talented defender has now entered the final year of his current deal.

Signing Holmes won’t come easily to Forest

This will be a difficult deal to conclude. Reading will want to keep hold of their young talents and will probably hold out for decent money.

A day after being linked with Royals midfielder Josh Laurent, however, this looks like another exciting link.

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Holmes is a versatile performer and typically he fits the profile of a player that new CEO Dane Murphy prides himself on.

Forest would dearly love to have a new recruit on board ahead of Sunday, although that now looks unlikely.

The challenge is for the Reds to have a strong squad by the end of the window and Holmes could be a step in the right direction.

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