Routledge to join Andy at Forest

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Updated: July 8, 2011

Nottingham Forest have made an approach for Newcastle winger Wayne Routledge according to reports.

New Forest boss Steve McClaren is in the process of piecing together a squad he hopes will be good enough to take the club back into the Premier League. He has already added the creative talents of former Irish international, Andy Reid to his ranks, bringing the Republic player back to the City Ground for a second spell.

McClaren is, however, of the opinion that further attacking recruits are required and believes Routledge would be a useful addition.

The 26-year-old midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at former employers Queens Park Rangers and helped to guide them to the Championship title. It was expected that he would return to Loftus Road this summer on a permanent deal, but no such agreement has been put in place.

That has left the door open for Forest to make their move, with efforts to lure Routledge to Nottingham now under way.

Routledge, who starred in Dublin as part of the U17 England side in 2003 , is open to the prospect of a summer switch away from St James’ Park, especially as Alan Pardew has drafted in further midfield cover during the transfer window, but must decide where his next move will take him and also look to finally live up to his promise.

Reports suggest Leicester may decide to challenge East Midlands rivals Forest for his signature, while Birmingham have also been linked with the former England U21 international of late.

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