Nottingham Forest will get a closer look at a player who was linked with a move to the City Ground during Tuesday night’s game with Rotherham United.

Former manager Sabri Lamouchi tried to sign Matt Crooks before he left the City Ground but failed to land the Millers star.

Boss Paul Warne has told the Evening Express that the club’s star man should be fit to play this evening.

Having the 27-year-old available is massive for Forest’s opponents this evening.

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Crooks has been instrumental this season, scoring seven goals from midfield and registering two assists.

The former Rangers man has showcased his versatility and having him available allows Warne to make subtle in-game tweaks to his team.

It’s fair to say that interest will remain in Crooks when the summer transfer window opens.

He has come of age at Rotherham and will have no shortage of suitors – especially if the Millers are relegated.

Forest’s interest is a different matter altogether, with Chris Hughton having replaced Lamouchi in the hot-seat.

The manager is adamant that no player will arrive at Forest without his seal of approval and he’ll have some targets in mind.

Crooks might have missed the boat as far as a Forest move goes but a good performance tonight might tempt Hughton.


The midfield ranks at the City Ground are likely to need some reinforcing in the summer.

James Garner is only on loan, whilst Harry Arter appears to be out of favour under Hughton.

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That would leave Cafu, Ryan Yates and Jack Colback on the books for next season – with all three possessing similar qualities.

Right now, Forest will need to focus their minds on stopping Crooks tonight.

A strong performance and Reds supporters might be wondering what might have been had Lamouchi had his way back in August.

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