The Athletic have confirmed that Nottingham Forest will not be pursing a deal for Celtic defender Shane Duffy this month.
Duffy, who only left Brighton to join the Scottish Premiership champions last summer, played under Chris Hughton during their time together at The Amex – and the Scottish Sun reported that the City Ground outfit were interested in making an approach to sign the Republic of Ireland man.
Despite making 21 appearances for the Hoops, Duffy has endured a difficult time north of the border and his only start since Christmas came during Celtic’s draw with Hibs on Monday – and that was only due to the Neil Lennon being without a host of senior players due to COVID-19.
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However, Paul Taylor has revealed that Forest aren’t currently interested in signing the centre-back – with the heart of defence not a position that Hughton is currently looking to bolster.
Here’s how the City Ground outfit reacted on Twitter to the news that they won’t be signing the former Brighton and Blackburn man this month:
Never doubted it! Was probably just someone up here putting 2 and 2 together based on CH's previous working relationship with Duffy and the player not having the best of times!
— Dave Mitchell 💙 (@dave_ltm) January 14, 2021
Good. The main priority is shifting the deadwood, not signing more unnecessary depth.
— Richard Sims (@simsini) January 14, 2021
Love that Paul. DM please, preferably 30+
— Brummie Tricky 🌳 (@BrummieTricky) January 14, 2021
— Henry Bedford (@nffchenry__) January 14, 2021
Aaaaaaand breathe. Thank god https://t.co/owVONfSw0C
— Forest Fanzone (@forestfanzone) January 14, 2021
— Sam Evans (@samevansnffc) January 14, 2021
Might shut a few up who believe everything the papers say.
— ®️ (@Rocky1Red) January 14, 2021
I dont think you needed to say it Paul… but it will calm a few people down
— Andrew Chard (@Chardgrills) January 14, 2021