Nottingham Forest are among a host of clubs interested in the signature of Bristol City’s Jamie Paterson, with his contract due to expire this summer.
The 29-year-old has been at Ashton Gate since 2016, making over 150 appearances for the club, but after an injury hit campaign limited him to just 20 league appearances this term, talk of a new contract has been scarce.
Paterson spent four seasons at Forest earlier in his career, leaving as a winger before transitioning to a number 10 at Bristol City.
In fact, Paterson’s most prolific season came in Forest red when he scored 12 goals from 39 appearances in all competitions, including an FA Cup hat-trick against West Ham back in 2013-14.
Forest manager Chris Hughton has recently spoken about their need to sign attackers in the upcoming summer transfer window. This season, they have managed to survive in lower-mid table despite averaging less than one goal per game, mainly attributable to the fact that they have the fifth best defence in the league.
As to whether Paterson could provide that extra goal threat remains to be seen. The Coventry-born forward has not reached double figures in goals since leaving the City Ground, and after suffering a serious injury in February he would not be entering the fray in red hot form.
As such, reaction to the potential move on Nottingham Forest News has been somewhat muted, despite a potential reunion with their former player.
The fact is, however, that free transfers are rarely bad business, something the rest of the division are seemingly aware of with Birmingham City, Stoke City and Millwall among the other clubs interested.
Good form or not, clubs will face competition if they are to secure Paterson’s signature this summer.