Nottingham Forest will be able to discuss signing John Souttar on a free transfer on the 1st December, according to The Scottish Sun.
The centre-back will see his contract expire at the end of May and clubs will be free to open talks next week.
Signing the Hearts player won’t come easy to Forest. Celtic and Rangers are both interested, whilst no fewer than 10 Championships sides are keen.
Souttar has enjoyed a return to form this season after suffering three Achilles tendon ruptures in quick succession.
His comeback appeared complete last week when he opened the scoring for Scotland during a 2-0 win over Denmark at Hampden Park.
Souttar has been at Tynecastle since 2016 when he signed from Dundee United. He has made 145 appearances, scoring five goals for the club.
There has been no breakthrough by Heart in agreeing on a fresh deal with Souttar and now Forest could pounce.
The Reds enjoyed success with their last purchase from the Scottish Premiership. Scott McKenna has been a revelation since arriving from Aberdeen and is now a mainstay in the team.
Souttar is comfortable in a two or three-man defence and at 25 he’s at a nice stage of his career.
Forest should move quickly for Souttar
The Reds have absolutely nothing to lose by discussing terms with the Scotland defender and he could prove a decent addition.
Under Steve Cooper, Forest look to be on the up, with the City Ground a seemingly attractive proposition for players once again.
Souttar could be an ideal addition to the ranks. Tobias Figueiredo is out of contract in the summer, whilst Loic Mbe Soh has struggled terribly with injuries.
It does also seem likely at some point that Forest will lose Joe Worrall to the clutches of the Premier League.
Souttar would be an intriguing replacement but if he emulates McKenna, the Forest fan base won’t care too much at all.