Sky Bet Championship side Nottingham Forest are interested in signing Dean Marney, but face competition from Aston Villa, according to the Mirror.

Earlier today, the72 reported that Marney was training with Aston Villa, but reports have since emerged suggesting that Forest have a keen interest in the former Burnley midfielder.

Marney was let go by the Clarets at the end of June after his contract at the Lancashire club expired.

The 34-year-old had spent eight years at Turf Moor, but struggled to earn a spot in the first team after suffering a serious knee injury back in January 2017.

And as his career nears an end, he is looking to drop down to the second tier in order to maximise his playing time.

Despite the fact that Marney is training with Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest will still fancy their chances due to Aston Villa’s financial difficulties.

Villa will be hoping to recoup some funds by selling some of their players, and freeing up some money for Marney in the process.

Whoever manages to sign Marney will be getting an extremely experienced player. After graduating through the youth set-up at Tottenham Hotspur, Marney struggled to make a real impact on the first team at White Hart Lane, and instead enjoyed loan spells at several other clubs.

He represented Swindon Town, Queens Park Rangers, Gillingham and Norwich City.

Marney signed for Hull City in 2006 for an undisclosed fee, before going on to make over 125 appearances for the club.

After four years at the Tigers, Marney moved to Burnley, and has been at the club ever since.

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