The contract situation regarding Nottingham Forest target Emiliano Marcondes is still up in the air.

After failing to pen new terms with Brentford yet, the midfielder is now in the final six months of his current deal.

The radio silence from West London should be music to the ears of Forest and they need to be on red alert.

Danish outlet Bold reported last month that contract talks had stalled; with the player adamant that he hoped something would be sorted.

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The longer the talks go on, however, the more intriguing the situation becomes.

Marcondes has been in England since 2018, checking in at Brentford from Nordsjaelland.

He has been part of a stunning few years for the Bees, which resulted in them reaching the Play-Off Final last season.

Marcondes has been the driving force behind Brentford’s push towards the Premier League.

He has played 81 games in total, scoring five goals and claiming 12 assists in Thomas Frank’s team.

Brentford have been without Marcondes for the last five matches after he injured his back in training.

Forest could find themselves in the market for another midfielder in the summer and the 25-year-old could be a nice fit.

He has the passing range which makes him a decent number eight but also displays the physical presence which is so often typical of a holding player.

Options

Ryan Yates and Jack Colback are contract to be at the club beyond the end of the current campaign.

Samba Sow is out of contract, Harry Arter could move on, whilst James Garner will probably return to Manchester United.

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That will leave the options in pretty short supply and Chris Hughton will probably act.

Forest’s recruitment has to improve next summer and ideally the average age of the squad will come down.

Signing Marcondes on a free transfer would certainly be a step in the right direction and the Reds should prepare to pounce.

Would you welcome the Dane on Trentside?

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