Coventry City are understood to have former Aston Villa defender Nathan Baker on their list of possible recruits this summer.
The 30-year-old is a free agent after reaching the end of his contract at the Sky Blues ’ Championship rivals Bristol City.
Mark Robins is in the market for a centre-half due to Leo Ostigard’s return to parent club Brighton, and Baker would appear to be a ready made second tier performer given his vast experience.
Sources in the south west claim the no-nonsense warrior-like defender is keen on a move back to the Midlands and that Coventry has emerged as an early option to consider in the transfer window.
There are, however, concerns over his fitness after the player – who started out at Villa’s Academy and went on to make 111 league appearances for the club, many of which were in the Premier League – missed most of last season at Ashton Gate.
Baker suffered a hamstring injury against his former club, Villa, in pre-season which kept him out until last month when he made his senior return from the bench in the 3-2 home defeat against Luton Town.
He did enough to earn a start in the following match which saw the Robins thumped 4-1 at Millwall as form escaped Nigel Pearson’s men at the tail end of the season when they went on a ten game winless run in which they lost seven.
On a personal note, however, Baker got through 90 minutes, as he did in the last match of the season – a 3-1 home defeat by Brentford – to at least prove his fitness before going into a summer of uncertainty.
Having first joined on loan from Villa, Baker signed permanently for the Robins in 2017 and has gone on to make 133 appearances for the club in total.
When fit he’s been a prove fan favourite for his aggressive style of defending and willingness to put his body on the line for his side.
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Here’s what our sister title BristolLive said about Baker earlier this month:
The timing has been awful for him and the club but his and with his previous, can a long-term contract be justified?
Ability/skill-wise, yes; Baker brings strength, power, aerial ability, commitment and provides real stoicism in defence. But in these uncertain times, handing a 2-3 year deal to an injury-prone player now in their 30s is not particularly good financial prudence.
Baker may also feel that his reputation could earn him that sort of length deal elsewhere in the division.