Tom Lockyer is not currently a summer transfer target for Nottingham Forest, according to Nottinghamshire Live. The ex-Bristol Rovers man is available on a free transfer this summer.

Wales international Lockyer was a mainstay in the Rovers team last season and has played over 200 times for the club. He captained the side during 2018/19, leading the club away from the threat of relegation.

According to Nottinghamshire Live, Forest hold more of an interest in bringing Sam Byram back to the City Ground from West Ham United. The 25-year-old was restricted to just eight appearances during a season-long loan last season; missing seven months with a knee injury.

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Boss Martin O’Neill retains an interest in taking Byram again. It is unclear whether Forest would be looking at another loan or a permanent deal at this stage.

A permanent deal could be doable for the Reds. The defender is on £30k-a-week at the London Stadium, according to Spotrac. He signed from Leeds for £3.7 million (Evening Standard) and given that he is out of contract next summer, the Hammers might be willing to offload at a reasonable price.

Strength in depth

Right-back is an area that definitely needs addressing. Saidy Janko has returned to Porto following the end of his loan, leaving Tendayi Darikwa as the solitary option on the right-hand side.

 

Despite only playing a handful of times for the Reds, Byram’s quality was evident. A tough-tackler, the energetic player often looked comfortable on the ball and stood out for Forest upon his return from injury.

O’Neill needs to identify quality over quantity this summer. Signing the Hammers performer would represent a solid summer signing. The key would ultimately be keeping him fit, but he has shown enough to warrant being pursued again this summer.