Nottingham Forest have been knocked back in their efforts to sign Sheffield United defender Max Lowe. According to Football League World, the Reds were keen to take the youngster on loan until the end of the season.

Chris Hughton is crying out for a left-back. Gaetan Bong is the only senior option, with Nicholas Ioannou and Tyler Blackett having left the club during the summer.

The ex-Brighton man was told earlier this summer that he is surplus to requirements. At one point, he wasn’t even training with the first team but has now been handed a reprieve.

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Reading and Swansea are also looking at Lowe, although Forest look to have made the first move. The 24-year-old was in the squad for a 1-0 win over Carlisle in the Carabao Cup but hasn’t featured for the Blades in the league.

Slavisa Jokanovic clearly doesn’t fancy him and he could be allowed to leave Bramall Lane prior to the window closing.

Since checking in for the South Yorkshire-based outfit in September 2020, he has made just 11 appearances for the Blades.

Clearly, the move to United hasn’t worked out and he could be an ideal addition for another Championship club this month.

Lowe came through the youth ranks at Derby. The South Normanton-born defender played 48 times for the Rams, spending time on loan with Shrewsbury and Aberdeen.

He joined Sheffield United in a joint deal worth £15 million alongside fellow full-back Jayden Bogle.

Desperate situation: Forest need a left-back and signing Lowe makes sense

Spending any longer with Bong playing at left-back simply cannot be an option. With that in mind, signing Lowe should be an urgent requirement for Forest.

The Reds have to add some quality to their ranks and are currently pointless after four Championship games, with Derby next on the horizon.

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Lowe has Championship experience and at 24 he has bags of time to continue improving.

He has no future at Sheffield United it would seem and as a result, Fores have to return with another offer to sign Lowe before next week.

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