Irish youngster Stephen McLaughlin of Derry City to have Nottingham Forest talks
STEPHEN McLaughlin is to hold talks with Nottingham Forest over a possible move to the City Ground, according to the Derry City winger.
The 22-year-old recently had a trial with the Reds and the Irish youngster will travel to Nottingham tomorrow to hold talks with the Championship club.
If those talks are successful, McLaughlin could undergo a medical on the same day ahead of securing a deal, which could see Forest pay up to £200,000 for his services.
"I go over on Tuesday, but nothing has been agreed yet," said McLaughlin.
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"It has been a long couple of weeks, not knowing what was going to happen, but hopefully now things are moving and everything will be sorted out.
"It would be a nice Christmas present, but I'm going over for talks on Tuesday and see what happens from there."
He told the Londonderry Sentinel: "If I get the opportunity to sign for Forest then yes I'll be over the moon, who wouldn't be delighted?
"I enjoyed my time with Forest (on trial), yes it's a massive step up from League of Ireland, because there is better players, better facilities and better training.
"Once I got over my nerves at the start of the week I was OK and I got on alright, their training wasn't a major shock to me.
"Yes it was quicker, but once I got up to speed I was fine; I think I was nervous because you just don't know what to expect, but when I was leaving I felt grand and that I did OK."