Nottingham Forest might have been handed a boost in their quest to keep Philip Zinckernagel – for now!

The Athletic are claiming that Watford have no immediate plans to activate a release clause to bring him back to Vicarage Road in January.

That will be music to the ears of Forest who have seen Zinckernagel become an integral part of their season so far.

The 27-year-old has scored four times with his most recent goal an absolute howitzer against Swansea.

Zinckernagel has also showcased his creative attributes, registering six assists during his time on Trentside.

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Watford signed the forward from Bodo/Glimt last January and he helped them win promotion last season.

Zinckernagel has typically operated as one of two number 10 options behind Lewis Grabban during 2021/22.

He relishes that role and he is given the license to roam by boss Steve Cooper.

Now, Zinckernagel looks set to stay at the City Ground beyond January and that would be a massive boost for Forest.

Since heading out of Watford, Xisco has been replaced by Claudio Ranieri.

The Hornets are one place and two points above the drop zone, with the team having work to do in their quest to survive.

For now, Zinckernagel’s future is at Forest and that is a massive boost.

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Whether a deal can be struck will largely be dependent on Watford’s status as a Premier League club.

It seems unlikely that Ranieri will consider making Zinckernagel part of his plans whilst they remain in the top-flight.

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Forest would surely relish the chance to sign the Danish performer.

He’s only 27 and is yet to really hit his peak. Right now, he’s also proving himself a superb player at Championship level.

It will be tricky, but that shouldn’t stop Forest from trying to sign Zinckernagel permanently.

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