Forest weigh up Barnes deal
Nottm Forest manager Steve McClaren has confirmed his interest in former Derby midfielder Giles Barnes.
Last Updated: 25/06/11 11:27am
Nottingham Forest manager Steve McClaren has confirmed his interest in former Derby County and West Brom midfielder Giles Barnes.
The 22-year-old is available on a free transfer after being released by Premier League side West Brom at the end of last season.
Barnes spent just under 18 months at The Hawthorns, but the majority of his appearances were as a substitute and he started only once in the Premier League.
However, he was highly rated during his time at Derby and started out as a trainee with Forest before joining the club's local rivals.
Recently appointed Forest boss McClaren has spoken to Barnes and suggested he may be ready to take a chance on a player who has struggled with injury since initially breaking into the Derby side.
"We've spoken with Giles - he's a player who this area knows very well," said McClaren.
"He's a young talent, he's still 22 but seems to have been around for years.
"He's had bad injuries and maybe needs a chance and who knows, we may give him that."