Zach Clough could be set for a January move away from Nottingham Forest – with League One side Wigan interested in signing the midfielder, as Football League World exclusively revealed on Monday.
Clough moved to the City Ground from Bolton back in 2016, but has been restricted to just 31 appearances on the River Trent, and hasn’t played for the Reds since an FA Cup game against Hull City back in January 2018.
The 25-year-old returned to Bolton for the second-half of that season, before spending the 2018-2019 campaign on loan at Rochdale.
However, Clough hasn’t played a senior competitive match since his time at Spotland and now the Latics, who find themselves in the third-tier relegation-zone, are keen on giving the former Bolton man a potential lifeline.
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Clough’s deal at the City Ground expires at the end of the current season, but sources close to Wigan believe that a January move to the DW Stadium could be on the cards, despite the midfielder’s last taste of first-team action coming nearly two years ago.
Here’s how Forest supporters have been reacting on Twitter to Clough’s potential departure:
Jesus! Is that how long it's been since he played?!! How much has he earned in wages in that time?! 🤮
— Twheatman (@Twheatman) January 18, 2021
I thought he showed good glimpses for us. Never forget his goal v derby. Can’t believe a professional footballer would not have moved sooner with no games in 3 years?!!!
— WJ (@TheCityGround1) January 18, 2021
There’s a player in him somewhere but if it gets him off the wage bill then, cheerio 👋🏻
— Claire (@LilMissFukIt) January 18, 2021
Shame. He came in with so much promise but quickly fell away. Hope he can get on and pick his career back up
— Nick (@NJL82) January 18, 2021
Hopefully this is true 🤞
— Mattyboy24 (@mattyboy2404) January 18, 2021
Get him gone!
— Trev NFFC 🔴⚪ (@Trev30051817) January 18, 2021
I’ll be honest. I thought this was a good signing for us at the time. Still think deep inside there’s a player inside him somehwere.
Another of the deadwood gone would be nice 👏🏻 https://t.co/rVx1cGp3Hv
— Brummie Tricky 🌳 (@BrummieTricky) January 18, 2021
Feel a bit sorry for him tbh, I think he's decent but clearly has suffered as a consequence of overall chaos at the club imo
— Duncan Robertson (@duncan_dunc827) January 18, 2021
Too lazy to play
— Ed 034 🏆🏆🏆🏆 (@dingdinghopkin) January 18, 2021