Nottingham Forest linked goalkeeper, Alex Smithies, won’t be at Cardiff City next season, boss Steve Morison has told Wales Online.

The Reds were linked with a move for the 32-year-old last month, with the player’s contract set to expire in the summer.

Smithies has held off Dillon Phillips to be the club’s number one custodian this term, making 31 appearances in all competitions.

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Now his future looks bleak. Morrison has confirmed that he won’t be at the club next year and has left him out of his last two squads.

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Smithies is among the highest-earning players at Cardiff and Morison claims that the club are trying to reduce the wage budget.

It is thought that the goalkeeper has been unable to reach a compromise on his salary and is seeking a move closer to his home.

That is perhaps where the Forest link comes from. Smithies is originally from Huddersfield and clearly, a switch to the City Ground would appeal to him.

The Reds have three goalkeepers in their ranks. Brice Samba, Ethan Horvath and Jordan Smith are all at the club and each player is contracted for next season.

Forest must avoid signing Smithies

It’s a very strange situation that Forest are being linked with a goalkeeper. Forest are well stocked in that department and it looks unlikely they’ll add another.

With Smithies clearly wanting a sizeable wage too, it doesn’t look like a particularly attractive signing for the Reds.

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The experienced stopper isn’t really at the sort of age where he’d be a useful long-term signing for the Reds; something that both Dane Murphy and Steve Cooper look for.

Smithies would be available on a free but given what he’d cost in wages, it doesn’t look like a deal that would prove good value for money.

As a result, Forest are probably better off steering clear of a move for Smithies.

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