Nottingham Forest look set to miss out on John Souttar, according to the Daily Record. The Hearts star looks set to reject several Championship clubs and pledge his long-term future to Scottish Premiership champions, Rangers.

The Reds had hoped to agree on a pre-contract agreement for Souttar. He travelled to England and spoke with Forest and Blackburn, although now it seems as though Giovani van Bronckhorst has won the race.

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Souttar will leave Hearts in the summer. He is out of contract at Tynecastle and hasn’t been able to agree to an extension with the club.

Now, he will walk away for free at the end of the season. Rangers are in the market for a new centre-back and playing in England doesn’t look to be on the cards.

Stoke were also keen. John’s brother, Harry, plays for the Potters and as a result, it was thought they might have the edge when it came to moving south of the border.

Souttar has proved a stalwart for Hearts. He signed from Dundee United in 2016 and has made 151 appearances for the Edinburgh-based club.

The 25-year-old scored his first goal for Scotland in November. He scored in a 2-0 win over Denmark which secured Scotland’s place in the World Cup qualifiers.

Blow: Forest could rue not signing Souttar

With Dane Murphy and Steve Cooper combining on the transfer front, Forest are in safe hands. Not signing Souttar could be a missed opportunity though.

The defender would have been an ideal addition to the Forest ranks. He’s at a decent age and he’s played plenty of games during his career.

Forest Souttar
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Scott McKenna has proved a success since arriving from Scotland and Souttar had the potential to follow suit.

Now, it’s back to the drawing board for Forest. With Joe Worrall likely to earn a Premier League shot and Tobias Figueiredo out of contract, the club will need to make sure they sign a centre-back in the summer.

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