Leeds United and Aston Villa are the latest clubs to be reportedly monitoring the situation surrounding Nottingham Forest defender Matty Cash, according to the Sheffield Star.

Sheffield United, West Ham and Southampton have all been cited with interest previously.

The Blades have already seen a £10 million bid rejected by the Reds, with Forest wanting to recoup at least £15 million for their right-back (Telegraph).

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A piece in the Nottingham Post last night which suggested Cash was happy at the City Ground and won’t be actively seeking a departure.

Forest’s hand, however, might be forced and ultimately after 21 years without Premier League football, money could talk.

Cash came of age last season and the Reds would dearly love to keep hold of a man who shone last season in the Championship.

 

The 23-year-old featured in all but four of Forest’s 46 league fixtures last season and made the right-back position his own amid competition from Carl Jenkinson.

Both Leeds and Villa will hold significant financial clout. Leeds won promotion last season, whilst Villa ensured their survival on the final day of the campaign.

The Whites have Luke Ayling as their first-choice right-back, whilst Villa have Frederic Guilbert and Ahmed Elmohamady to call upon.

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Cash’s teammates would certainly love to see the defender stay at the club. In May, during an interview with Sky Sports, Michael Dawson hailed boss Sabri Lamouchi for turning the academy graduate into the ‘new Cafu’.

It seems likely that Cash won’t actively seek a move and any interested party needs to really be putting their money where their mouth is if they are serious about signing him.

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