Everton have stepped off in their pursuit of Nottingham Forest’s Matty Cash.

The Premier League side were believed to be preparing a move for the versatile Reds’ man in the upcoming January transfer window, according to a report by the Express.

However, with the Toffees sacking Marco Silva earlier this week they have decided to cool their interest in him for the time being and focus on their hunt for a new manager.

Duncan Ferguson has been placed in interim charge and gained an impressive win yesterday at Goodison Park against Chelsea.

Cash, who is 22 years-old, has impressed this season for Forest under Sabri Lamouchi and has played a key part in their rise into the Play-Offs.

Lamouchi has switched Cash into a right-back and he has flourished in that position this term having previously mainly been used in midfield.

Cash, who was born in Slough, had a spell as a youngster at Wycombe Wanderers before joining Nottingham Forest in 2014. He had a loan stint at Dagenham and Redbridge in his early days at the City Ground before breaking into their first team.

He made his senior debut for the Reds on the opening day of the 2016/17 season against Burton Albion and has since gone on to make over 100 appearances for the second tier outfit.

Forest have genuine promotion aspirations and keeping hold of Cash this winter would be a major boost for their chances.