Nottingham Forest are eyeing up a move for Hearts defender John Souttar with the transfer window looming on the horizon.
According to Football Insider, the Reds are looking to do battle with Rangers for the Scotland central defender.
Souttar scored for his country last night as they booked a World Cup qualifying play-off place with a 2-0 win over Denmark.
It was his first goal for Scotland and lifted the roof off of Hampden Park on a memorable evening.
His club form earned him the call-up and if he carries on he might not be at Hearts much longer.
Since signing from Dundee United in 2016, Souttar has made 144 appearances for the Jam Tarts.
This season is going particularly well, with Hearts flying in the league and the central defender scoring three goals.
Forest enjoyed some success with their most recent signing from the Scottish Premiership.
Scott McKenna is a teammate of Souttar’s on the international stage and has been a revelation since joining from Aberdeen.
Forest will face stern competition to sign the 25-year-old though. Rangers have been long-term admirers of the central defender.
Souttar is out of contract in the summer and Hearts could be forced into seriously considering a sale for him in January.
Stoke are also keen on the defender who has four caps for his country.
Exciting: Souttar would be a strong Nottingham Forest signing
The centre-back would be an ideal addition to the Forest ranks. He has bags of experience in senior football and would surely welcome a move to the City Ground.
Having McKenna around to help him settle in is likely to be a big bonus and Forest are looking to steal a march on their rivals with an early move.
Forest don’t have a plethora of central defenders at the club. McKenna and Worrall have been first choice, with Tobias Figueiredo making up the three under Steve Cooper.
The head coach hasn’t been able to place a central defender on the bench during his time at the club when he’s picked a three-man defence.
Loic Mbe Soh has struggled with injuries, whilst Figueiredo will be out of contract in the summer.
With Premier League clubs also looking at Worrall, signing Souttar would ensure the Reds are well-stocked at the back should he be sold any time soon.