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Nottingham Forest on alert as Premier League target is expected to leave

Neil Warnock has admitted that playmaker Lee Tomlin could yet leave Cardiff City towards the end of the transfer window, with Nottingham Forest linked with a move for the 29 year-old.

WalesOnline reported that Tomlin could be amongst a host of Bluebirds players to depart in the closing weeks of the summer transfer window. Nottingham Forest have been linked with a move for Tomlina after a successful loan spell at the City Ground for the second half of the season.

Warnock said there has been interest in Lee Tomlin, Anthony Pilkington and Omar Bogle and that he expects them all to be moved on.

“We’ve had one or two enquiries, that will all come up I would imagine and liven up in the next three weeks”, said Warnock to WalesOnline.

Forest manager Aitor Karanka has already bought Tomlin once in his career, when he joined from Peterborough United in 2014 for an undisclosed fee. Karanka is keen for another reunion with the midfielder, but there has been a stumbling block during negotiations.

Upon achieving promotion to the Premier League in the 2017/18 Championship season, Tomlin has received a pay rise from Cardiff City. These new wages have meant that the clubs are struggling to come to an agreement over personal terms for Tomlin.

Thus, negotiations are likely to resume deep into the transfer window, as either club loses patience and accepts to pay up. Warnock went on to say:

“I don’t know why but it’s always the same. With the lads going out, it’s always at the last minute, nobody really wants to pay their wages for three weeks.”

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