Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash has revealed that he ‘didn’t want to go anywhere’ in January, despite being linked with the likes of AC Milan.
The 22-year-old was linked with West Ham United, Southampton, as well as AC Milan in January.
According to the Guardian, West Ham offered Forest £12 million for the right-back, whilst AC Milan put together a package worth £15 million.
That wasn’t enough to tempt Forest into doing business though. According to the Daily Mail, the Reds weren’t willing to do business at anything less than £18 million.
It’s easy to see why Forest weren’t willing to sell one of their star assets. It wouldn’t make sense to undermine their promotion push by selling one of Sabri Lamouchi’s key players.
There’s no doubt that the defender has been one of the most improved players at the City Ground this season.
Cash has flourished in the right-back role since being played in that position against West Bromwich Albion on the opening day of the season.
‘I didn’t want to go’
To his credit, the 22-year-old didn’t let the transfer speculation affect him in January. He still started all five games in the Championship.
“It’s nice to have clubs chasing you, but Forest is my main aim. I didn’t want to go anywhere at all,” Cash told the Nottingham Post.
“We’ve got a job to do here. We’re fourth in the league and have got a great chance to go up, so I want to do that here.
“It’s nice to have that bit of speculation and be linked with those clubs, but my aim was to stay here from day one.”
Forest will be acutely aware that interest in the right-back won’t go away.
If he maintains his current level of performance, then it will be difficult to fend off interest in the summer, especially if the Reds don’t secure promotion themselves.
For the time-being though, the City Ground faithful will just be enjoying watching him flourish in a red shirt.