Nottingham Forest are in a four-way battle to secure the signing of Gillingham midfielder Kyle Dempsey, according to Football Insider.

The 25-year-old only signed for the Gills in the summer from Fleetwood Town.

His form has been largely impressive though and now Barnsley, Luton and Preston will all rival Forest for his signature.

Dempsey has captained Steve Evans’ team this season and he has found the net four times in 20 appearances.

Dempsey can operate in a number of midfield roles but has played most of his football in the stereotypical No.8 position.

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He can also play as an attacking midfielder behind the striker and he has plenty of Football League experience to his name.

Having started his career at Carlisle he has also played for Peterborough as well as Huddersfield and the Cod Army.

Upon his signing at Priestfield during the summer, his contract length wasn’t disclosed and now clubs are circling.

Dempsey’s most recent goal came last weekend against Accrington Stanley – a strike which Steve Evans described as ‘special’ and from an ‘outstanding’ player afterwards

Would Dempsey do a job for Forest?

At 25, there is plenty of time for Dempsey to continue fulfilling his potential.

With that in mind he’s perhaps the sort of signing that Forest should be adding to their midfield engine room.

Forest’s scouting hasn’t stretched as far as League One or League Two recently and that is perhaps poor practice.

During the current window plenty of players have been linked from the Football League and that will delight some supporters.

There are plenty of talented players down the pyramid so why shouldn’t Forest be in the race to snap them up?

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Plenty of players in the lower leagues are good enough but simply need a chance to prove their worth in the Championship.

Dempsey is comfortable in possession, has a strong range of passing and is capable of weighing in with the odd goal.

As a result, there would be far worse additions Forest could make this window than the Gillingham midfielder.

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