Bristol Live has reported that Championship outfit Nottingham Forest are eyeing up a move for Bristol Rovers skipper Tom Lockyer, who will leave the club upon the expiry of his contract.
Bristol Rovers skipper Tom Lockyer will be officially leaving the League One club at the end of next month when his contract expires, and Nottingham Forest will reportedly be looking to snap the 24-year-old up on a free transfer.
Lockyer has been at Bristol Rovers since July 2012, collecting 284 appearances across seven seasons playing for the Gas (Transfermarkt). Now, he will be leaving the club as he looks to test himself at a higher level in order to help him push on with his Wales career. The 24-year-old has played five times for Wales so far and he is keen to add to that total.
The defender has played a pivotal role in Bristol Rovers’ side over the years, captaining the club since the start of the 2016/17 season and helping them rise from the National League back into the Football League.
Lockyer has revealed that four Championship sides have registered an interest in securing his services ahead of the 2019/20 season, along with some League One sides.
Forest are looking to bring in Lockyer as they look to cut costs in the summer window. They are hoping to offload players in order to cut their wage budget, but with manager Martin O’Neill keen to bring in a new defender, a free transfer for Lockyer makes sense.
The defender has bags full of experience at football league level despite only being 24 and Forest will be hoping that Lockyer can come to the City Ground and prove himself to be more than capable at Championship level.