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Town Linked With Hobbs Loan Move
Sunday, 27th Aug 2017 10:38

Town are reportedly looking to sign Nottingham Forest central defender Jack Hobbs on loan.

According to The Sun on Sunday, the Blues want to add the 29-year-old to their squad before Thursday’s 11pm deadline and are negotiating how much of his £1 million wage they should pay.

Hobbs is out of favour at the City Ground having featured in only their Carabao Cup games this season, after making only 10 appearances during 2016/17.

The Portsmouth-born defender started his career with Lincoln City, where he became their youngest debutant aged only 16 years and 149 days, before moving on to Liverpool on his 17th birthday.

While at Anfield, where he made only three starts and two sub appearances, the 6ft 3in tall centre-half spent time on loan with Scunthorpe, Leicester and Hull before joining the Tigers on a permanent basis for £850,000 in June 2011.

The former England U19 international joined Forest on loan in July 2013 before making his move a permanent switch the following January.

Speaking after yesterday’s 2-0 defeat to Fulham, Town boss Mick McCarthy said he was confident of adding another centre-half to his squad before the transfer window closes on Thursday.

Owner Marcus Evans was at yesterday’s match and seems likely to have held talks with the Blues manager after the game with McCarthy unusually late for his press conference having missed his regular post-match meet-up with his opposition counterpart, Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic.

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guentchev added 10:41 - Aug 27
He's been injured. A lot.

jonwatson75 added 10:50 - Aug 27
Would be a quality signing. A strong championships Centrehalf. Big and strong and a leader too.
My dad is a hull city season tickets holder and always rated him. Hobbs and Chester as a pair were the best print in the championship.

jonwatson75 added 10:51 - Aug 27
Best pairing even!

12th_Man added 11:02 - Aug 27
As I said yes please

iaintaylorx added 11:05 - Aug 27
Would be a solid signing that! If he can rediscover his Hull City days, I'd take 100%!

casanovacrow added 11:07 - Aug 27
When others are back we'll be spoilt for choice back there. Spence is certainly capable enough to cover and Jonas has been a different class back there, he's a centre back as far as I'm concerned, a very very good one at that.

kozmik added 11:22 - Aug 27
Good cricketer too - so I've heard!

shaneforeman added 11:41 - Aug 27
Decent on good ground over 1 mile and a half too!

chrishants added 12:08 - Aug 27
I think we have got to expect Webster to be injured a lot, so a decent central defender is essential

howdonblue added 13:01 - Aug 27
Think I would prefer a permanent 2 year deal for Olsson than loan for this guy

braveblue added 13:50 - Aug 27
Are we seriously considering another injury prone signing. Madness.

jas0999 added 14:12 - Aug 27
Injury prone. We have Webster and Smith who tick these boxes. A permanent addition to replace a permanent player in Berra is the way forward.

dirtydingusmagee added 16:19 - Aug 27
so its not Ollsie then ! had a feeling something was brewing ,now its Hobbs [Hobbsie]

Bluetone added 16:27 - Aug 27
With him in our team we really could run up a cricket score.

runningout added 18:35 - Aug 27
might suit Hobbs here, then again might not :-)

Steelmonkey added 23:02 - Aug 27
Wasted money on a loan, it's a permanent centrehalf we need, our present injury list bares testermant to this. When will this club take stock and realise that bringing in injury prone individuals does not work, just look at our history on taking on players like this.

PJewellisaGod added 23:56 - Aug 27
Forrest will be happy for this if it happens, he's the Anderton of their team. Forrest Forum are looking forward to getting wages freed for another centre back.

DurhamTownFan added 09:23 - Aug 28
The loan isn't a waste if it isn't going to turn into an audition for a permanent move. We've done a few of those lately and they seem to work quite well, because you can pull out if needed or if it goes well they want to come

BlueandTruesince82 added 16:31 - Aug 28
He had missed a lot of games last couple of seasons. Decent player but feel with the current situation we need someone a bit more bullet proof.

Age and experience wise Hobbs fiits the profile but for me time on the injury table a worry


armchaircritic59 added 17:38 - Aug 28
Well kozmik, i'm stumped by that comment, and as for shaneforeman, i expect MM will expect him to stay further, and on all goings, and hopefully not hoof it!

leftie1972 added 21:23 - Aug 28
£1million wage!

Seasider added 23:49 - Aug 28
Howdonblue.I agree but Mick doesn't like these 'Foreign Jonnies'as they take too long to settle;so he said the other day.However that was before his team were soundly beaten by a Fulham side,half of whom were from abroad.Bet this wont change his mind though,as Yorkshiremen are 'real blokes'who always know best!

He seemed to think that he couldn't do anything more to combat Fulham because of his weak bench.Dont agree.Downes was on the bench;so why couldn't he have played him in a midfield 3 to match Fulham.After all he has been praising him to hilt during the past month.

Used to see the Dane play regularly for WBA.Just as 'Colin'whos team (Cardiff)still has a 100% record,unloaded sick note Huws onto us for £1m, so Notts Forest seem about to do the same.

Mr Evans will need to splash out on an enlarged treatment room at this rate lol

leftie1972 added 05:43 - Aug 29
We need to sign someone, and quick!

BlueBlood90 added 09:31 - Aug 29
We need some players who won't spend half the season on the treatment table. Seem to have so many unreliable players fitness wise. Hobbs would be a solid signing if he's fit.

Gazelle added 13:42 - Aug 30
With only 31% possession in the Fulham game we need more than just a centre half surely.

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