Nottingham Forest might have been handed a blow in their quest to sign Sheffield United star Max Lowe in the summer.
The Reds travel to Bramall Lane tomorrow night for a big game in the race to secure a Championship play-off place.
Lowe will be ineligible to face his parent club and given his form, Paul Heckingbottom will be delighted.
The 24-year-old has been very impressive for Forest, making the left-sided wing-back spot his own during 2021/22.
Some reports yesterday suggested that the Reds will likely bid for the defender during the summer.
There could be a problem though, with Heckingbottom suggesting that he’s been very happy with the form of Lowe at Forest.
“Jack (Lester) went to watch him the other day.
“He’s been doing well. The injury came at a bad time but he came back, got a great assist a couple of games in and he’s back playing now, which is where he wants to be.
“I know they’re really pleased with him as well, so he’s giving a really good account of himself.
“Max has played a lot of football for his age but he’s a young player with lots of development in him. That’s important and hopefully, as a club, we will benefit from it.”
Forest must do whatever it takes to snare Lowe
Hopefully this is a case of Sheffield United simply bigging up a player ready to sell him in the summer.
Forest won’t be happy to hear that Heckingbottom has given him a glowing reference and has perhaps hinted there’s a role for him at Bramall Lane.
Rhys Norrington-Davies and Enda Stevens are already in place at Sheffield United and perhaps that does at least offer hope.
Lowe has been a revelation for Forest. He’s played like a player with a real point to prove and he looks tailor-made for Steve Cooper’s style.
Forest will hope this is media trained intelligence from Heckingbottom. These comments, however, suggest Lowe could have a future with Sheffield United.