If Nottingham Forest are interested in Gaetan Bong, then that suggests that there is substance to the reports linking Chema with a move elsewhere.

The Athletic have linked the Reds with an experienced left-back at Brighton.

The Argus, meanwhile, claims there is “ongoing interest” in Bong.

That is not all that surprising given his contractual situation at the AMEX Stadium.

As things stand, the 31-year-old is due to become a free agent in the summer.

Given that he has only taken in seven appearances across all competitions this season, a move would appear to be on the cards.

Forest could end up being Bong’s next port of call.

Sabri Lamouchi does find himself short of options on the left of his back four.

Jack Robinson has already departed that area during the January window, with a move made to Sheffield United.

That has left Yuri Ribeiro as the favoured option.

Useful

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Chema has also been used in that post this season and appeared to have become a useful asset.

The Spaniard is also more than capable of filling in at centre-half.

Such versatility promised to be a welcome string to Lamouchi’s bow.

Speculation has, however, suggested that Chema could soon be heading home.

Cadena Ser have covered supposed interest from Getafe.

Despite committing to a two-year contract upon his arrival in the summer of 2019, Chema could end lasting just a matter of months on Trentside.

Lamouchi had sought to play down the exit talk when quizzed on possible outgoings.

After leaving Chema and Joao Carvalho out of his plans for a 1-0 win over Brentford, the Frenchman said in the Nottingham Post: “Tactically, it was a little bit different. And my plan for the bench was also a different profile.

“It was just a tactical decision, that’s it, nothing else.

“We need them. We have 17 games to play. It will be very difficult and very tough.”

You can never read too much into comments made during any given transfer window.

Gossip

Pictures can alter quickly, with players off the table one minute suddenly finding themselves on it the next.

The gossip around Chema is nothing new either.

Despite generally impressing with his efforts for Forest, talk of a return to his roots has rumbled on for some time.

Homesickness may be an issue for a 27-year-old out of his comfort zone for the first time in his career.

If that is the case, then fair enough.

Bong would be a more than adequate replacement if there is a deal to be done there.

He is a 16-cap Cameroon international with over 50 Premier League appearances to his name.

Time has also been spent in the Championship while on the books at Brighton.

All useful experience, with Bong aware of what it takes to get out of the second tier.

Given that he is already edging towards the exits on the south coast, and with Chema potentially hoping to make similar moves in Nottingham, a deal before Friday’s deadline could make a lot of sense.

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