Nottingham Forest’s Joe Lolley has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract at the City Ground, as reported by the BBC.
Lolley has eight goals this season and Martin O’Neill said of the new deal: “It’s something that was boiling away before I arrived, so I’m delighted that he’s put pen to paper. Since I’ve come into the football club he’s been a delight to work with.”
Perhaps it is the transfer interest from Aston Villa (as reported by the Sun) that has forced Forest’s hand as he was reportedly lined up to potentially replace Jack Grealish during the summer.
Sun journalist Alan Nixon said that Villa were quoted £13m for Lolley during the January window, which was enough to put them off.
Lolley has had a good season by £13m for his services is a lofty price that Villa were right to refuse to pay last month.
And now with this new deal, it looks as if Forest have only improved their negotiating position if Villa do come back in the summer – meaning they can demand even more for his services.
That means that Villa should absolutely go nowhere near Lolley if they remain in the Championship next season – even if they sell Grealish.
If they get promoted, the financial landscape would change and a big-money swoop for Lolley would be affordable – even if there would perhaps be better value on the market elsewhere.