Hull City vice-captain Jack Hobbs is close to agreeing a deal which will see him join Nottingham Forest on loan for the 2013-14 season, before signing a permanent deal, according to BBC East Midlands Today.
With Hobbs entering the last year of his contract at Hull this effectively ends the 24-year-old's spell at the club.
Initially joining on loan from Leicester under Nigel Pearson in 2011, he made the move permanent the same year for a fee around £750,000.
The centre defensive partnership of Hobbs and Chester was among the best in the league in the 2011-12 season but Hobbs ruptured his knee ligament towards the end of the season and was ruled out for eight months.
He returned to action in November 2012 and was named vice-captain. He led the team to numerous victories during Robert Koren's (team captain) and Andy Dawson's (club captain) absence.
Steve Bruce broke the news to BBC Radio Humberside after the 3-1 friendly victory over Blue Square North outfit North Ferriby United. He also confirmed that the club was interested in Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner and Sunderland striker Danny Graham.
He did, however, stress that a move for Bendtner, who he has previously managed at Birmingham and Sunderland, would be unlikely due to his high wage demands.
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