According to Nottinghamshire Live, Nottingham Forest might be set for a windfall as Jorge Grant prepares to leave Lincoln. But, should the Reds be in the race for the midfielder?
The 26-year-old is set to join an unnamed Championship club. He helped the Imps reach the League One Play-Off Final last season, scoring 17 goals.
Now, he looks set to return to the second tier, leaving Lincoln after two years at the LNER Stadium. Forest could be missing out though.
Grant came through the youth ranks at the City Ground. He burst onto the scene scoring Forest’s goal in a 3-1 defeat at Tottenham in the Carabao Cup.
It was anticipated that his White Hart Lane goal would propel him to first-team stardom, although that never transpired.
He did make 20 appearances in the Garibaldi, adding two assists to his solitary strike against the Premier League outfit.
As a youngster, Grant had a slight physique. Indeed, plenty of supporters felt he was too lightweight for the Championship.
Loan spells at Notts County and Mansfield helped toughen the midfielder up. He helped both clubs reach the League Two play-offs during his time on loan.
Clearly, Grant has lots of admirers in the Championship again. Forest were linked with a move back in January, according to Team Talk.
Talk of that situation went quiet though and it would appear another club has now won the race.
Forest included a substantial sell-on clause when they sold him in 2019 and that is at least a positive piece of business.
Perhaps, however, Forest should just be re-signing their former player instead.
Potential for Grant to now shine at Forest
The versatile performer has developed into a wonderful player since he was last at the City Ground.
He can play in a number of positions and has started weighing in with goals, largely from free-kicks and the penalty spot.
He has also become a real leader. Michael Appleton tossed Grant the captain’s armband last season when Liam Bridcutt was out through injury.
Despite this, it does seem unlikely that Forest will re-enter the discussions for his signature.
Had Grant never played for Forest before, supporters would be massively excited to be linked with such a player.
He registered 13 assists last season, spending time playing as a defensive midfielder, a conventional central midfielder and occasionally on the wing.
Forest aren’t blessed with a plethora of midfielder options; or too many players who boast the versatility of Grant.
Receiving a cash windfall won’t be sniffed at but giving Grant a second City Ground chance would be even better.