Bolton Wanderers are chasing a late deal to sign Nottingham Forest forward Zach Clough, according to Alan Nixon of the Sun.

Manager Phil Parkinson is desperate to add another striker to his ranks following the £6m sale of top scorer Gary Madine to Cardiff City.

Forest are prepared to let Clough leave on loan with the club on the verge of announcing a number of new signings.

Joe Lolley has joined the club from Huddersfield Town, with Adlène Guedioura, Jack Colback and Lee Tomlin amongst those who could join the City Ground.

Clough only joined Forest from Bolton in January last year, signing a four and a half-year deal for a fee rumoured to be around £3m.

The 22-year-old is already down the pecking order at Forest. The likes of Kieran Dowell, Barrie McKay, Ben Brereton and Daryl Murphy are all ahead of Clough at the moment. A loan move away could help him re-find the form which earned him his big money move to Forest.

Clough first broke on to the scene as a nineteen year old in a third round FA Cup tie against Wigan Athletic. He scored the winner in a 1-0 win, with then manager Neil Lennon describing him as a ‘special player.’

He was also a scorer on his league debut for Wanderers. Clough bagged a brace in a 2-2 draw against Wolves, and went onto score six goals in his first nine professional league games before a shoulder injury cut his season short.

That season, Bolton were relegated to League One but managed to retain the services of the youngster in the summer. Clough continued where he left off, scoring 9 goals in 23 appearances before his January departure.

Since his move, he has played 27 times for Forest, scoring 4 goals. However, Clough has yet to get off the mark this season, with the majority of his appearances coming from the bench.

Bolton currently find themselves in the middle of a relegation fight, and the signing of Clough could be the difference between staying up or an immediate return to League One.


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