The Nottingham Post reports that Nottingham Forest have had to pay a six-figure fee to Bolton Wanderers after they avoided relegation. When they signed Zach Clough in January, a clause in the deal meant that the Trotters were due a sum should Forest avoid the drop.

As such, both clubs will meet in the Sky Bet Championship next season after Forest stayed up and Bolton Wanderers joined Sheffield United in finishing in the top two places in Sky Bet League One. It was a £3million deal that saw the 22-year-old make the move to the City Ground a few months ago.

Since then, Clough has helped himself to four goals in a red jersey. They came against local rivals Derby County, Brentford and also a brace in the March home win over promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.

There is also a clause meaning that Forest would also have to pay money to Bolton if they win promotion into the Premier League whilst Clough is still at the club, although they’d happily do so! It is understood there is also a sell-on clause in the contract too, meaning Bolton would be due a percentage of any fee Forest receive should they decide to sell Clough. However that doesn’t appear likely with Mark Warburton likely to heavily include him in his plans for next season. He wishes to build his squad around young talent such as Clough, Ben Osborn and Ben Brereton at the City Ground. The future is certainly bright on that basis for Nottingham Forest, the two-time European Cup winners.


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