English Football League club Nottingham Forest have reportedly made contact with Brighton this month in an attempt to sign defender Shane Duffy, but it will require Celtic to agree to cut his loan spell early with them if any deal is possible.
The 29-year-old moved from Premier League club Brighton to Scottish giants in the summer on a season-long loan.
But the Republic of Ireland international has found himself slip down the defensive pecking order after a positive start.
According to the Scottish Sun, Forest have made an approach to Brighton about signing him in the January transfer window.
But the report explains that any deal would hinge on Celtic agreeing to cut short his loan and it would cost them a financial hit.
It is claimed that he arrived on a seven-figure loan fee at the start of the season, but Forest manager Chris Hughton wants to reunite with him after previously working with him at Brighton.
There was a lot of excitement when boyhood Celtic fans Duffy joined the club, but his poor form has meant it’s been a nightmare.
Despite a handful of commanding performances in defence, the Irish centre-back has made a catalogue of errors during his Hoops career so far and he could be given a way out now.
If Celtic know they can bring in a direct replacement at centre-half, then manager Neil Lennon should seriously considering ending Duffy’s loan deal.