Nottingham Forest are on the lookout for some new additions to their squad and Tom Holmes from Reading remains a target. Given how Royals boss Veljko Paunovic has utilised him so far this season, a move could be on the cards.
It does seem as though it will take more to land the versatile performer. He is rated highly by his current club, even though his contract situation leaves Reading in a perilous position.
It doesn’t seem as though Reading see him as integral this season. A bit like Derby, they’re under a soft embargo and signing players is tricky.
That is likely to make replacing Holmes difficult, although the money received could help them land a couple of additions to their squad before the window closes.
Holmes is versatile. He operates typically as a central defender, although he played a lot of his football last season at right-back.
With the future of both Joe Worrall and Jordan Gabriel uncertain, that would make Holmes an attractive signing for Forest.
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The Reds should make their move now. Holmes has played just two minutes of football on the opening day of the season and he’s been an unused substitute for Reading’s other two league games.
He was Reading’s captain during the Carabao Cup defeat to Swansea, highlighting just how highly-rated he is to the Royals.
His lack of league action does suggest he’s not overly important to the club this season though and could make Holmes think twice over signing a new deal.
Forest have struggled to get deals over the line so far this summer. Reading choosing not to utilise Holmes during the last two league games certainly offers the Reds hopes of signing the youngster, however, and now is the time to swoop.