Nottingham Forest could have a free run at signing Hornchurnch youngster Jili Bubaya after Peterborough United ruled themselves out of the race.
Posh boss Darren Ferguson dismissed the weekend speculation. They were linked along with Forest to the player who has already had a trial at Chelsea.
It eas the Non-League Football Paper that linked Forest with a move for the youngster who was released by Crystal Palace earlier in his career.
A small stumbling block could be that Manchester City are keen. It does seem, however, that they will make a move in the short term.
Middlesbrough and Bournemouth are keen, although Forest and Posh were fancied to be at the front of the queue.
Now, Ferguson has addressed the speculation. He told Peterborough Today: “He’s not a player that is on our radar.”
Bubaya has bagged two goals and claimed two assists for Hornchurch this season in the seventh tier of English football.
As a young player, it’s unlikely he’d come into the first-team fold straight away.
Forest would almost certainly view him as a player they could nurture with one eye on the future.
Exciting talent: Bubaya could shine at Forest
The talented player would arrive as an unknown quantity but he could star in the academy outfits.
Forest are now category one when it comes to their academy and that means playing in the Premier League development leagues.
For Bubaya that would represent a step up in quality and joining Forest could make for a great move.
Peterborough being ruled out is a huge bonus. They have a serious history when it comes to plucking players from non-league.
It doesn’t appear that Bubaya is to be the next gem on that particular conveyor belt and Forest might now make a move in January.