Wigan Athletic are working on a deal to end Zach Clough’s nightmare time at Nottingham Forest, The Athletic reports.
The 25-year-old has fallen out of the first-team picture at the City Ground, failing to make a first-team appearance for three years.
Clough checked in from Bolton Wanderers for £2.5 million during the 2017 January transfer window.
Caretaker boss Gary Brazil was the man who opted to add him to the first-team ranks and he initially seemed a decent addition.
Things have quickly turned sour though.
Mark Warburton played Clough in a number of positions and he often struggled for consistency.
If that was bad things hit rock-bottom when Aitor Karanka took over and banished him from the first-team completely.
He’s never really recovered from that and has been out of the first-team fold for some time.
A short loan spell at Rochdale did little to revive his career and he’ll hope for better fortunes at Wigan.
Should a deal be agreed, Clough will ling-up with Tendayi Darikwa who signed for the Latics last week from Forest.
Right now it seems the best move for all parties and crucially it gets another player off the ever-growing City Ground wage bill.
The curious case of Zach Clough
The attacker arrived at Forest with massive potential.
He had 23 goals in 77 appearances for Bolton and was seen as a burgeoning youngster.
The initial prognosis was good too.
He registered an assist in his third game against Norwich and quickly hit the goal trail.
He scored twice in the 3-0 thrashing of Chris Hughton’s promotion-chasing Brighton and also netted against Brentford.
A fortnight later came his defining moment in a Forest shirt when he opened the scoring in a 2-2 draw against Derby.
Consistency proved a real problem for Clough though and ultimately that has cost him chances.
This would be another positive step in the right direction for Forest.
Trimming the wage bill is a must and offloading Clough permanently would be tremendous business.
The versatile performer looks like getting a chance to prove himself all over again and it’ll be interesting to see if he can revive his career.