Nottingham Forest are working on signing Djed Spence on a permanent deal, according to The Sun journalist and transfer guru, Alan Nixon.
The Reds took the right-back on loan during the summer transfer window and he’s adhered himself to the club’s supporters.
Spence has been in fine form under Steve Cooper, making 18 appearances for the Reds on the right-hand side.
The 21-year-old was expected to be recalled by Middlesbrough but a report over the weekend claimed that wasn’t a likely scenario.
That is music to the ears of Forest and now they’re looking to go one better when it comes to Spence.
Last week Forest added Keinan Davis to their ranks. That means that six loan players are now available to the Reds, with a maximum of five allowed in a matchday squad.
Signing Spence on a permanent deal would certainly allow the team to field the five other loan players at one given time.
It is claimed, however, that the new loan does give Forest an option to buy, although it could be at the end of the campaign.
Chris Wilder has given Forest the green light to keep hold of Spence. His team are vying for a play-off place, with the Reds also hoping to be in the mix.
Keeping Spence is a massive plus from the January transfer window and things could get even better regarding the youngster.
Falling in love: Forest supporters would welcome Spence stay
Forest fans have a horrible knack of falling head over heels for loan players, only to see them sail off into the sunset at the end of the campaign.
There was a worry Spence might do the same. With Neil Warnock gone and Wilder in, it seemed as though, the right-back would be heading back to his parent club.
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Now, it looks as though Forest are trying to do a deal for Spence. That would be a positive step in the right direction, with the youngster boasting bags of potential.
Signing him is unlikely to come easily but if a deal can be struck, supporters will be dancing on the banks of the River Trent.