A report from The Athletic has claimed today that Nottingham Forest will explore the possibility of signing all five loan recruits next season.
James Garner, Philip Zinckernagel, Djed Spence, Max Lowe and Keinan Davis are all on temporary deals on Trentside.
Each player has performed well and now Forest correspondent Paul Taylor believes all are on the radar for next season.
Clearly, the quintet will come with varying levels of difficulty when it comes to Forest trying to sign them again.
With that in mind, we’ve taken a look at the five and assessed whether or not another deal looks likely beyond this season.
This one does feel almost impossible from a Forest perspective.
Spence has Arsenal, Tottenham and Bayern Munich showing big interest in the Middlesbrough right-back.
Furthermore, Boro are likely to want £15 million for his services and unless Forest win promotion that looks unattainable.
Spence has been a revelation for the Reds and on Saturday he claimed two assists as Forest beat Reading 4-0.
Forest chances: Slim and none
When Garner first arrived back at the club he did seem somewhat below par.
Fast forward a few months and he’s one of the first names on the team sheet under Steve Cooper.
Garner has been integral for the last three months and he’s performing well as a central midfielder or as a number 10.
Manchester United do see him as having a bright future with them but his chance might not come next season.
How they view the landscape is likely to be pivotal in Forest’s quest.
Forest chances: Unlikely without promotion
His arrival was met in January with some scepticism from supporters who weren’t convinced.
Davis has a less than impressive goal ratio at Aston Villa and many wondered why Cooper wanted to sign him.
His critics have soon been silenced though with a string of powerful performances in the red of Forest.
He has scored four goals and recently claimed to the media just how much he was enjoying his loan spell at the City Ground.
Forest chances: Very likely…Sign him up!
This one will largely depend on which division Watford find themselves playing in next season.
Should they be relegated then surely Zinckernagel will be viewed as an asset by the Hornets. If they stay up, however, he’s likely to be surplus.
The playmaker does have a long-term contract at Vicarage Road and Roy Hodgson could take a look at him in the summer.
Still, a deal for Zinckernagel does look doable.
Forest chances: High
The youngster limped out of Saturday’s game against Reading and the hope will be that he’s not missing long.
Lowe has been brilliant for Forest and looks tailor-made for the left wing-back role that Cooper deploys.
Like Davis, the ex-Derby man has also made an admission that he’d welcome the chance to stay at Forest and that’s something the club should explore.
All things considered, we think that a permanent deal for Lowe definitely has mileage and is arguably the most likely of all five players.
Forest chances: The most likely of all five loan players