Matty Cash has been linked with a move away from the City Ground during the January transfer window, with West Ham and AC Milan showing interest (Telegraph).
It is thought that Forest value Cash close to £18 million (Daily Mail), which is some way shy of what both clubs were prepared to pay.
With the Reds in a commanding league position, it seems unlikely that Forest will want to sell during this window.
Cash has been a revelation at right-back and offloading him would leave Carl Jenkinson as the only available option to slot in.
This window was always about adding to the group for Forest. Selling players isn’t an option and it wouldn’t go down well with expectant supporters.
Some news has emerged from a West Ham perspective in the last couple of days that could delight Forest supporters.
The Hammers are thought to have asked Tottenham regarding Kyle Walker-Peters (Guardian).
The Spurs outcast is out of favour under Jose Mourinho and looks set to leave the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium this month.
Walker-Peters is valued at £12 million (Daily Mail) by Tottenham and the club would like to sell him this month.
At 22, the right-back would be an investment for the future and would probably keep the Hammers away from Forest for the foreseeable.
Cash has been in tremendous form this season under Sabri Lamouchi.
Finding his feet as a right-back, the 22-year-old has played in every league game except for one.
He is statistically the best right-back in the Championship this season, according to Who Scored.
Cash is averaging three tackles per game and nearly three clearances.
Forest allowing Cash to leave during the current transfer window would make no sense.
The Reds would lose one of their best performers of the season so far and they’d have very little time to find a replacement.
Lamouchi has put Forest into their best position at this stage of a season for many years. Unravelling the hard work to get to this stage would seem strange.
West Ham might have viewed the academy graduate as a potential star of the future. Their pursuit of Walker-Peters, however, suggests they want someone to go in and play straight away.
Forest will still hope to see a couple of players arrive before Friday’s deadline.
The general hope is that new arrivals won’t be at the expense of players like Cash departing the City Ground.
If West Ham tie up a deal for Walker-Peters it would certainly help Forest fans rest easier heading into the final stages of the window.