Cardiff City are interested in signing Nottingham Forest defender Yohan Benalouane this summer.
The Nottingham Post cite the Guardian in reporting that the Bluebirds will face competition from Championship club Leeds United for his signature.
Benalouane only moved to the City Ground in January, joining from Cardiff’s Premier League rivals Leicester City for an undisclosed fee.
He has since impressed in the Midlands with his consistent performances and gained cult hero status by scoring the winning goal against arch-rivals Derby County back in February.
Of course, Neil Warnock’s men could be swapping divisions with the West Yorkshire club, with Cardiff currently fighting relegation from the top flight and Leeds sitting third in the Championship table with eight matches to play.
Defending has been the Bluebirds’ Achilles heel this season, conceding 57 goals in their 30 Premier League matches to date.
Benalouane was part of Leicester’s 2015-16 title-winning squad and also featured for them in the Champions League the following season.
He is contracted to Forest until the summer of 2020 and it remains to be seen whether he would be keen on another move so soon after his last one.
Five other Championship centre-backs Cardiff could sign this summer
The Scouser has been with Sheffield United since the summer of 2016 and has made 33 league appearances for the Blades this season.
One thing that could complicate any move is the fact that he is tied down to the South Yorkshire club until the summer of 2022.
Ayala has been a consistent Championship performer for many years now and showed his ability in the top flight with Middlesbrough in the 2016-17 season.
Should Middlesbrough miss out on the playoffs he may wish to test himself in the PL again, if of course, the Bluebirds stay up that is.
Dawson is another player with Premier League knowhow, featuring consistently in the competition for West Brom between 2014 and 2018.
The 28-year-old is also known to be reasonably adept at finding the back of the net himself, something which could prove very helpful to the Bluebirds.
Webster left long-serving Championship side Ipswich Town for a fresh challenge with Bristol City last summer and has made 26 league appearances for the Robins this term.
He is known as a ball playing defender with the ability to pick passes and bring the ball out of defence.
Chester is an experienced pro with over 200 career appearances to his name at a number of different clubs.
The Welshman brings dependability that could help shore up the Bluebirds defence next season, regardless of what division they’re playing in.