Nottingham Forest sent a scout to watch Leeds United face Leicester City in Premier League 2 action on Friday night.
The Reds had a representative on hand, along with scouts from Swindon and Harrogate.
Leeds and Leicester have both encountered seasons of struggle at under-23 level during 2021/22.
In the case of Leeds, it hasn’t helped that Marcelo Bielsa has used a lot of the burgeoning talents in his first-team squad.
Naturally, intrigue will be sparked as to who Forest might have been watching during the clash.
Joe Gelhardt was one man who is a highly-rated member of the Leeds ranks.
He joined from Wigan ahead of the 2020/21 campaign and has this season got himself a taste of action under Bielsa.
With that in mind, it does seem unlikely he will be available for a loan.
Cody Drameh is an interesting one too. He typically plays at right-back and if Djed Spence is recalled by Middlesbrough, the Reds are likely to be in the market.
Sam Greenwood, Lewis Bate, Charlie Cresswell and Crysencio Summerville are also well renowned for being players with bright futures.
Had Forest been there to watch Cresswell it would have been unfortunate. He was sent off just after the half-hour mark.
Leicester had fewer well-known names in their ranks but ultimately we don’t know who Forest were monitoring.
Loans look likely for Forest in January and Leeds provide talent
Unless one of Forest’s top talents is sold is does look as though the Reds will be forced into the loan market once more.
On current form, Steve Cooper’s men will be in and around mid-table and perhaps that will make signing players permanently somewhat difficult.
Leeds are certainly a team that would provide some wonderful options for Forest.
Several members of the team on Friday would be useful additions to the Reds ranks once the window reopens.
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if any links emerge in the coming weeks.