Nottingham Forest wanted to sign Jamie Paterson in the summer. Chris Hughton had identified the 30-year-old as a man to freshen up his attack following his release by Bristol City.
The Reds ultimately preferred other options and Paterson went to Swansea.
After a strong start to life at the Liberty Stadium, things have quickly turned sour. According to The Athletic, Paterson is currently training with the youth team after a contract discrepancy has emerged.
The former Forest man signed a one-year deal with the Swans. One clause in the deal was that if 25 appearances were made he’d be rewarded with a deal until the summer of 2023.
Paterson has made 22 appearances and both the player and the club were keen to bring forward discussions over an extension. The player has been handed an unpleasant surprise, however.
Given that he’s scored eight goals and registered four assists, the ex-Forest man had hoped for an increase in salary to match his importance. Instead, Swansea have extended his deal but on his current terms.
Paterson didn’t play at Huddersfield last week. He made it clear to boss Russell Martin that he wasn’t in the right frame of mind, following this dispute.
Should Forest move for Paterson?
Although he’s enjoying a good season for the Swans, a move by Forest probably looks unlikely right now.
The Reds have some other irons in the fire, ones who are perhaps at the other ends of their careers than Paterson.
Jed Wallace, 27, has been linked, with 22-year-old Josh Bowler also a transfer target of the Reds’ this month.
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It does sound a little bit naughty what Swansea have done to Paterson, mind. It’s easy to see why he’s annoyed and now his future seems in limbo.
Championship clubs are preparing to make bids and he could hook up with another club before the window closes.
Hughton might have wanted him, but it’s unlikely Steve Cooper will move to bring Paterson back to Nottingham.