Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is keen on re-signing midfielder Lee Tomlin from Cardiff City, according to the Bristol Post.

The former Bristol City playmaker made 60 appearances for the Robins before joining Cardiff City last summer.

Despite making 16 appearances for Cardiff, he was sent out on loan to Forest on deadline day during the January transfer window.

Tomlin has struggled for fitness during his time at the Cardiff City Stadium, and manager Neil Warnock admitted that he did not feature in his plans as the Bluebirds battled for promotion.

The Cardiff manager said at the time: “I just can’t see Tomlin getting in my team at the minute and for me, he’s got to get fit.

“It’s a good opportunity for him to get some games and Karanka liked him when he was at Middlesbrough.”

Cardiff sealed promotion on the final day as a 0-0 home draw with Reading was enough to confirm automatic promotion.

Tomlin has played 6 times in the Premier League with Bournemouth, but he found competition for places tough to come by at the Vitality Stadium, and was subsequently loaned back out to the Championship.

Since his move to the City Ground, Tomlin was directly involved in 7 goals for Forest and managed to nail down a starting spot under Aitor Karanka.

He was one of a number of loan players that impressed during their time with the Reds, and Karanka hasn’t ruled out making a move for his loan men.

The Spaniard will be looking to build a squad capable of promotion and Tomlin is an experienced winner at Championship level who would be a smart acquisition for Forest.


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