Accrington boss John Coleman has told BBC Radio Lancashire that nothing has changed regarding Nottingham Forest target Dion Charles.

The 26-year-old has scored twice in eight appearances this season after firing home 20 goals last season.

Charles hasn’t been included in a matchday squad since September, however, over a long-running contract dispute with the club.

The talisman was linked with a move to Forest in the summer, with Premier League outfit Brentford also keen.

Forest Charles
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Charles was valued at around £1 million during the close season. With his contract running down, however, Accrington may need to sell him in January.

It seems unlikely that the talisman will play for the League One outfit again if what Coleman has claimed is anything to go by.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: ‘It’s a Mexican standoff from which nobody wins. If someone comes in with the right bid for him of course he will go.

“The ball is in Dion’s court. If it doesn’t change from Dion’s perspective it’s not going to change from mine. He needs to sign a new contract if he wants to play.”

Charles signed for Accrington from Southport and last season his goals very nearly helped the club into the League One play-offs.

Risk: Forest unlikely to move for Charles

There seemed to be a lot of guesswork from the media during the summer with regards to Forest and their search for a striker.

The club didn’t add one in the end, instead preferring Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor to spearhead the attack.

Charles was naturally linked and in the summer he might not have been a bad option. He was available at a decent price and last season scored plenty of goals.

Forest Charles
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Right now, however, he looks too much of a risk.

His 20-goal haul last season was the only one of his career and at 26 he will soon be reaching his peak as a striker.

Charles hasn’t played since September making it unlikely that he will come in and make an immediate impact.

Steve Cooper will have some players in mind for January but it seems unlikely that Charles will be one of them.

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