Nottingham Forest are not only hoping that they can beat Leeds United to automatic-promotion out of the Championship this season, but according to The Sun on Sunday (26/1; page 61), Sabri Lamouchi is also looking to land Luke Freeman ahead of the Whites.
Forest missed the chance to move to within two points of Marcelo Bielsa’s side during the week. But Leeds will certainly be aware of the momentum that is currently building at the City Ground.
And it appears that the pair have a mutual target in mind heading into the final days of the January window.
The Sun on Sunday (26/1; page 61) reports that Forest and Leeds both want Freeman from Sheffield United.
The report notes that the Blades have previously blocked the summer signing from leaving the club. But it is suggested that Forest are hoping that their stance has now changed as the deadline looms.
TBR View – Freeman race could have major implications for promotion race
Freeman’s time at Bramall Lane has not exactly gone to plan. He has made just three Premier League starts for Chris Wilder’s side, while a further six appearances have come from the bench.
Nevertheless, you could understand why some Leeds and Forest fans may feel that either team winning the race for Freeman could have major implications for the promotion race.
He scored 12 goals and contributed 18 assists in the Championship during his two full seasons with Queens Park Rangers.
His form tempted Sheffield United to break their club-record to sign him in the summer (via BBC Sport).
And with the two pace-setters in the Championship being hauled back in by their rivals, one side managing to convince the Blades to let Freeman leave could make a massive difference.