The Liverpool Echo believes Nottingham Forest are still interested in Liverpool defender Nathaniel Phillips before Friday’s domestic transfer deadline.
Phillips, 23, is down the pecking order at Anfield and last season he spent time on loan with German outfit VfB Stuttgart.
He featured 22 times for the second-tier outfit, helping them to the Bundesliga with some brilliant performances.
The centre-back came through the ranks at Bolton Wanderers before signing for Liverpool in 2016.
Forest aren’t really short on defensive options and the lingering link to Phillips is perhaps off the table now.
Reading, Bristol City and Swansea are also thought to be interested in securing his services, with the Reds not thought to be towards the front of the race.
Forest have added Loic Mbe Soh, Scott McKenna and Tyler Blackett this season, whilst Tobias Figueiredo and Joe Worrall remain at the club.
Worrall is currently out injured, whilst McKenna also missed the Bristol City game before the international break with a minor problem.
Phillips has played once for the Liverpool first-team but is a long way off the radar in Jurgen Klopp’s ranks.
It does seem unlikely that new Forest boss Chris Hughton will decide to add another defender to his ranks.
The Reds are desperate to add a winger before Friday’s deadline with the team somewhat lacking attacking options.
Phillips is likely to end up at another Championship club, although Forest’s interest doesn’t seem to be going away.
NFN Verdict – Forest should accept defeat in Phillips race
The Reds quite simply don’t need another defensive option and it would mean a stockpiling of central defenders.
Even if Hughton held a desire to go with three at the back, his squad is still extremely covered in that area.
The Reds need to get an attacking option or two through the door and Forest should accept defeat in the race to sign Phillips from Liverpool.