Former Nottingham Forest target James Justin has emerged as a summer transfer target for East-Midlands rivals Leicester City, according to the Daily Mail.

The 19-year-old is a left-back who can operate on the right and he made 52 appearances for Luton Town last season as they won League One.

The news emerging claims that the Foxes will need to pay £5 million to secure his services, whilst Forest might rue not landing him back in 2017.

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Former boss Mark Warburton was keen to take Justin for £1 million, according to Nottinghamshire Live.

Forest instead spent a similar amount on Tendayi Darikwa from Burnley, who in fairness has done alright for the Reds.

Justin could be a real star of the future, however, and it will be interesting to see whether Brendan Rodgers parts with £5 million to take him to the Premier League.

The signing of the Luton man seems out of Forest’s reach this summer, although he is the kind of signing that would excite the club’s supporters.

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Justin could prove to be one that got away for the Reds. He chose to stay with Luton and has helped them to successive promotion campaigns.

Forest would perhaps be wise to revisit Warburton’s transfer strategy from two years ago though when it comes to Justin.

Okay, so the full-back might be one that got away, but in identifying young talent he had the right idea. Of course, Warburton got lots of his completed transfers wrong – Jason Cummings anyone?

If O’Neill can identify and then ultimately sign a couple of highly-rated youngsters, it would represent a good summer for the Reds.

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