Nottingham Forest will enquire about signing Billy Sharp and Daniel Ayala permanently
NOTTINGHAM Forest will enquire about signing Billy Sharp and Daniel Ayala permanently in January.
But fellow loan signing James Coppinger will head back to Doncaster when his deal expires next month.
Sean O'Driscoll today said Forest would like to add defender Ayala and striker Sharp to their ranks permanently.
But the Reds boss also admitted that much will depend on whether parent clubs Norwich and Southampton are prepared to do business.
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"Everything has a price. But it is whether Southampton and Norwich want to sell," said O'Driscoll.
"I am not sure, because we have not had that conversation.
"If the players are available for sale, then other clubs might be interested as well. It is an ongoing situation with these things.
"It is what it is... both would cost us a significant amount of money. We are not working within a specific financial budget, where we have 'this or that' to spend.
"But it is whether we believe something is the right thing to do."
Having made just two starts and four sub appearances at Forest, Coppinger wants to return to Doncaster.
"James wants to play and Doncaster are keen to get him back. I imagine we would have an opportunity to bring in other loan players," he said. "So, for all parties, it is probably better if he goes back."
O'Driscoll has been impressed by the contribution of Ayala and Sharp.
"Daniel has probably been disappointed that he has had a few little niggles," he said. "But every time he plays, he impresses everyone. He is a good age and he can play as well as defend.
"I'm not sure there are any fans in the country who don't like Billy Sharp. He has something about him that people take to.
"He is terrific around the place and I'd back him to score goals in any division.
"It is because he has faith in himself. He does miss chances, but it never fazes him. He just believes that he will score.
"He wants to play football. He wants to play in the Premier League and he believes he is good enough to do it.
"If we can satisfy that desire, I will be delighted. If he feels he has to go back to Southampton to achieve it, he will still have given us good service over the season.
"Talking contractually is not something I like doing in the media. But all the loan players have been good. They all try to do the right things for the right reasons, just not always at the right time."