Championship side Nottingham Forest are close to signing left-back Javier Garrido on a free transfer, according to the Nottingham Post.

Aitor Karanka’s side had a very busy transfer window and have not stopped there and are set to continue their signings’ spree by landing Garrido.

The Spanish left-back has been linked with Forest over the past couple of days and reports suggest he is finally close to securing his move to the City Ground. Forest have been in the hunt for a replacement for Armand Traore, who left to join Cardiff City on deadline day.

The 32 year-old is a vastly experienced defender who will be a decent coup by Nottingham Forest. He started his career at Real Sociedad before moving to England to sign for Manchester City in 2007 for £1.5 million. He was then sold to Lazio three years later in a swap deal involving Alexander Kolarov.

However, Garrido found it tough to nail down a regular first-team spot at Lazio and was loaned out to Norwich City in 2012. The Canaries then made his move permanent in the next summer. He could not prevent them from being relegated in the 2014/15 season and he left to join Las Palmas in 2015.

He had a season with Las Palmas before being released and having a short spell in Cyprus with AEK Larnaca. He is now a free agent again and  a move back to England with Nottingham Forest beckons. He is not a bad option for them at left-back and will have no problem in slotting in for them.


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