The Daily Mail understands that Nottingham Forest are to officially complete the signing of Michael Dawson in the next 24 hours. The 34-year-old is out of contract with Hull City, and is set to return to the City Ground to end his career.
Whilst Hull wanted him to remain at the KCOM Stadium and offered him an extension, the player has his heart set on a return to Nottingham. The ex-Tottenham Hotspur centre back almost made the move back in January, but he remained with Nigel Adkins’ side for the remainder of the campaign. Dawson is set to become Aitor Karanka’s first summer signing.
Karanka clearly wants to add some experience to his squad in order to make them much harder to beat. He is looking to replicate the template he had in place whilst at Middlesbrough, where they won promotion into the Premier League a few seasons ago.
Dawson has played his football in East Yorkshire since joining from Spurs in 2014. He has experienced promotion and relegation during that period. He would find nothing more satisfying that trying to get Nottingham Forest back into the top flight after a very lengthy absence. They’ve endured some frustrating campaigns, but the club certainly want to keep Karanka at the helm to give him the best possible chance of delivering. Dawson may be 34, but Karanka wants him to lead the back line in an anticipated push for the play-offs next season. Dawson came through the ranks at the City Ground, making his debut for the club during the 3-2 home defeat to Walsall in 2002, in what was then called Division One.