Tom Holmes is still a transfer target for Nottingham Forest, according to Berkshire Live. The latest reports claim, however, that a move in the summer is far more likely.

The versatile defender has been on the City Ground radar since the summer. Steve Cooper appears keen to follow up the interest and the Reds remain in the mix.

Reading are in woeful form. They’re in a desperate battle against relegation and haven’t won for seven games in the Championship, losing their last four.

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Holmes has been a regular at the heart of the Royals’ defence. He can also operate as a right-back and that’s where he played a lot of football last season.


The 21-year-old is out of contract in the summer. That could see Forest swoop for the player, given they’ve already added Steve Cook to their squad during the January transfer window.

Despite his tender years, Holmes is a respected member of the dressing room. He’s even captained the team this season during a Carabao Cup thrashing at the hands of Swansea.

In total, Holmes has made 61 appearances for Reading, scoring once and registering two assists.

Talent: Forest wise to wait until the summer for Holmes

After landing Cook, Forest are quite well-stocked at the heart of the defence. Scott McKenna, Tobias Figueiredo and Loic Mbe Soh are the other options, with Joe Worrall also in the ranks, although he’s currently injured.

With that in mind, Holmes can wait until the summer. Although there will be vast interest at that point, perhaps Forest being a club on the up will put them in good shape to complete a deal.

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The defender’s versatility makes him tailor-made for Cooper’s system. He plays in a number of positions and his presence in the team would allow for in-game tweaks to the strategy.

Forest would be really wise to hang fire until the summer to sign Holmes.

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