Alan Hutton is not on Aston Villa’s retained list, as per a report by the Birmingham Mail.
The 33-year-old is a target for Championship side Nottingham Forest, who now have the opportunity to pounce on their man.
Forest are in the hunt for experienced players this summer as their manager, Aitor Karanka, wants to build a squad capable of competing at the top end of the division. The Reds have already signed Michael Dawson from Hull City and now want to add Hutton to their ranks.
Hutton, who is 33-years-old, has played for Nottingham Forest before on loan in the 2012/13 season and could be set for a return to the City Ground this summer. He became a key player for Villa last season in the Championship under Steve Bruce but his future could now rest away from Villa Park.
Forest are keen to bolster their defensive options over the coming months and are looking for a replacement for right-back Eric Lichaj, who is set to move to their second tier rivals Hull City. The Reds are also showing an interest in signing the Tigers’ left-back Max Clark, so a swap could be on the cards.
Hutton could be one who will be heading through the entrance door of the City Ground and his experience and know-how will come in handy for them next season. Having started his career with his home-town club Rangers, Hutton has gone onto have spells at Tottenham Hotspur, Sunderland, Mallorca, Forest, Bolton and Villa.