Nottingham Forest star Matty Cash looks set to be a man in demand this summer and the Reds must get the best deal they can if they are forced into a sale.
The Telegraph has reported that a £10 million bid from Sheffield United has been rejected by Forest, whilst it’s also thought Southampton and West Ham are preparing bids of their own.
The Blades returning with a second bid seems likely and they do perhaps have a player who could sweeten any potential deal.
Forest were reportedly keen on United playmaker Luke Freeman in January and it would seem he is down Chris Wilder’s pecking order.
Selling Cash looks inevitable for Forest and ensuring supporters aren’t disgruntled will depend on the deal they get.
If Freeman was included in any deal to take Cash to Bramall Lane it would help Forest bolster their creativity considerably.
The 28-year-old started just three Premier League games for the Blades following a £5 million move from QPR.
Given his age, surely he won’t fancy another season on the fringes and a move to Forest would surely tempt him.
Sabri Lamouchi’s team seemed short of ideas following the restart of football and ultimately it cost them a place in the Championship play-offs.
Freeman would be an elegant addition for Forest. He is forward-thinking, comfortable on the ball and is also capable of weighing in with goals.
Selling Cash isn’t ideal for Forest and losing another of their fine academy graduates would prove hard to take.
Given the unprecedented financial climate, however, it looks a necessity.
If Forest can get Sheffield United to throw Freeman in the deal, it would at least help soften the blow somewhat.