Nottingham Forest have failed in a bid to bring Cyrus Christie back to the football club, according to Sky Sports. The Reds were hoping to end their quest for a new right-back by signing the Fulham man on a permanent deal.
The 28-year-old spent last season on loan at the City Ground. He has since returned to Craven Cottage, although he’s not made an appearance during the 2021/22 campaign.
Christie played the full 90 minutes as Fulham’s under-23 outfit defeated West Brom 3-0 on Friday night, registering an assist.
It is thought that the defender has failed to agree on personal terms of a permanent move to Forest and will not remain at Craven Cottage.
The former Derby County defender played 44 times for the Reds last season, becoming a mainstay in the team under Chris Hughton.
Christie got better after Christmas and was one of the club’s more consistent players after the turn of the year.
Hughton has struggled to find a new right-back. Jordan Gabriel played in the first three league games but was sent off against Blackburn following a second yellow card.
Fin Back made his full league debut yesterday and the 18-year-old looked comfortable despite the Reds losing their fourth successive contest.
Forest making correct call on Christie
This seems to make perfect sense. Christie clearly wants a decent wage given that he earns around £20,000-a-week at Craven Cottage.
Forest won’t be held at ransom under the new regime behind the scenes and given that he’s 28, the Reds are wise to move on from Christie.
Back has showcased some talent during his two and a half games in the first team. The club will also hope that the injury suffered by Jordi Osei-Tutu isn’t too bad.
Christie proved pretty decent last season but there are better players out there. With that in mind, it’s refreshing to see Forest take this stance regarding personal terms for the player.