Nottingham Forest are unsure if they can afford to sign Cyrus Christie on a permanent basis from Fulham this summer, as per a report by the Mirror.
The right-back has spent this season on loan at the City Ground and has made 28 appearances in all competitions for the Reds, chipping in with four assists.
Christie, who is 28 years old, is an established Championship defender and has slotted in nicely at Forest.
His contract at Fulham expires at the end of this campaign and he is currently due to become a free agent this summer. The Cottagers need to decide if he has a future there.
This gives the Reds an opportunity to sign him if they want to on a free but his wage demands may make a deal hard to strike.
Fulham may also decide to keep him for next season if they are relegated from the Premier League. Scott Parker’s side are currently 18th in the league.
Nottingham Forest could consider alternative options for next term, with youngster Jordan Gabriel tipped to make a push for the first-team.
Christie joined Fulham in 2018 and he has since helped the London club gain promotion from the second tier twice since his move to Craven Cottage.
Prior to his move there, the Republic of Ireland previously had spells at Coventry City, Derby County and Middlesbrough, and has racked up over 350 appearances in his career to date.