Nottingham Forest are close to completing the signing of former Derby County player Max Lowe, according to Football League World. A loan deal has been agreed with Sheffield United, with Slavisa Jokanovic deeming him surplus to requirements.
The youngster signed for the Blades prior to the 2020/21 campaign. Chris Wilder raided Derby to land the left-back and teammate Jayden Bogle in a deal worth £15 million.
Lowe hasn’t enjoyed the best time of things at Bramall Lane. He has made just 11 appearances for the Blades and has largely been used as a substitute.
Forest have been scouring the market for a left-back all summer. Nicholas Ioannou has gone out on loan to Como, Tyler Blackett has joined FC Cincinnati; Yuri Ribeiro was released at the end of last season.
That has left Forest with just Gaetan Bong as their only left-back option. He was told earlier this summer that he was surplus to requirements and asked to train with the under-23 ranks.
Lowe looks set to sign for Forest on loan for the 2021/22 campaign. With that in mind, he could be announced ahead of the trip to Derby on Saturday.
What can Forest expect from Lowe?
Well, what they are getting is a left-back. Ultimately, he is likely to be more capable than Bong and at 24 he does fit the profile of what Forest are looking for down to the ground.
Lowe has endured a bit of bad luck with injuries, although regular football could help in the short term.
His spell at Sheffield United has proved a bit of a disaster, although he has got experience of playing in the Championship.
During the 2019/20 campaign, he made 31 appearances for Derby in the second-tier. Lowe has also tasted life in the Scottish Premiership with Aberdeen.
Having a proper left-back will bring some balance back to the squad and Forest will hope to get this deal done quickly.
One Derby player is a big fan of Lowe. Graeme Shinnie played with the defender at Aberdeen. He told Derbyshire Live that he voted for him in the Player of the Year poll, calling his performances ‘brilliant’.