Nottingham Forest are assessing all of the options regarding Anthony Knockaert’s future, after his loan deal expired this week.
Knockaert joined Forest on loan from Fulham in October, becoming Chris Hughton’s first and only signing in charge of the club to date.
The winger scored one goal and registered one assist in 16 appearances for the Reds, with his loan deal at the club having now expired.
Knockaert’s loan deal at the City Ground ran out on Thursday, and it remains to be seen whether any agreement over an extension can be struck.
The club do have the option to buy Knockaert from Fulham permanently, but what looks most likely at the moment is a loan extension.
Speaking to Nottinghamshire Live, Chris Hughton has moved to provide an update on Knockaert and the player’s situation on Trentside.
He said: “At this moment, what I can confirm is this is his last day, officially, of his loan. At this particular moment, he’s not eligible for us.
“We are very much in a period of January where we are looking at the options – and all of the options we have.
“What I will say about Anthony is he has certainly given us something in this period of time, different to the other wide players we’ve got.
“Over the period of time he has started to have more influence.
“But we are in a January period where we have to start making decisions. And we hope there are decisions to be made.”
Daniel Taylor of the Athletic revealed this week that another foreign club are looking to strike a deal for Knockaert, so it remains to be seen what happens.
I’d definitely be extending Knockaert’s loan if I were Forest.
He perhaps shown the best of his ability in a Forest shirt on a consistent basis since joining the club on loan, but he has shown flashes of his very obvious attacking quality.
He looks like he can create chances out of nowhere, and they would be losing another body out wide if they don’t manage to extend his deal.