Nottingham Forest want to sign John Souttar during the January transfer window and he enjoyed a performance to remember at the weekend.
The Reds have reportedly lined up the Scotland international in the event of Joe Worrall leaving in January.
Forest’s academy graduate is attracting interest from the Premier League and correctly, the club are preparing contingency plans.
That has led them to Souttar and the 25-year-old is also wanted by Celtic and Rangers.
Last month he scored for Scotland against Denmark and his form this season has been pretty remarkable, with several clubs showing an interest.
This weekend, Souttar was in action for Hearts as they defeated Livingston 1-0 in the Scottish Premiership.
Some statistics from Who Scored have highlighted exactly what Forest would be getting if they were to sign him.
He won seven aerial duels, completed six clearances and played seven accurate long balls.
Alongside his fantastic form defensively, the centre-back also earned a place in the Who Scored Team of the Week.
Souttar is out of contract during the summer and that could see the Jam Tarts cash in on their prized asset once the window reopens.
Exciting: Souttar would be ideal signing for Forest
If Forest are preparing for a barrage of bids from the Premier League for Worrall, they’re right to get their plans in place for a replacement.
Souttar is only 25 and has bags of time ahead of him in the professional game.
Forest signed Scott McKenna from the Scottish Premiership and that should reassure them over their pursuit of Souttar.
He was desperately impressive on Saturday but Forest might have to move quickly if they’re serious about signing him.
The Old Firm will have significant clout in the market and they will be monitoring him intensely.
That said, Souttar might have a desire to play in England and that should Forest all over a move for the defender.