Bristol City boss Sean O'Driscoll wants Nottingham Forest defender Brendan Moloney
Bristol City are closing in on Nottingham Forest right-back Brendan Moloney.
New Robins head coach Sean O'Driscoll wants to make the Republic of Ireland under-21 international his first signing since he arrived at Ashton Gate earlier this month.
And sources in the Midlands suggest a deal could be done ahead of Saturday's npower Championship fixture between City and Ipswich at Ashton Gate.
Out of contract at the City Ground in the summer, the 24-year-old Irishman has been told he can leave Forest this month.
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Moloney is keen to move in search of the regular first team football he has been denied at Forest and O'Driscoll knows him well, having worked with the defender during his time in charge of the East Midlands club earlier this season.
The right-back made all but one of his 13 appearances this season while O'Driscoll was at the helm and does not feature in new manager Alex McLeish's plans.
Prior to O'Driscoll's arrival at Forest last summer, Moloney had been loaned out to Chesterfield, Rushden, Notts County and Scunthorpe to gain first team experience.
City's head coach is in the market for a right-back to compete with Richard Foster following the decision to sell Joe Edwards to Yeovil last week.
If Moloney comes on board, it will almost certainly mean City fans have seen the last of Mark Wilson, the former Celtic right-back whose short-term contract expired last week.