'Kicking themselves' - Forest set to miss out on transfer-target

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Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on signing Jack Hunt from Crystal Palace.

Nottingham Forest appear to have missed out on the chance to sign Jack Hunt, with Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish saying that a number of club's are in for the right-back.

Hunt went on loan to Forest in the summer and it was understood that his performances have made him one of the top targets on Stuart Pearce's wishlist as a permanent buy.

However, Parish has revealed today that the chance of a potential agreement between the two sides has gone now, as Neil Warnock is keen to keep hold of him.

“Prices in football change all the time,” Parish said to South-London Today. “Forest showed some interest in August - and then decided not do it.

“Since then we have had other bids for a lot more money. That’s life. They should’ve taken the opportunity when they had it. Now we’ve got a different manager who has gone to see him play and likes him.

“This is football - one minute a player is worth one amount, then they do well and are worth another amount.

“One reason you let people go on loan is because if they do well then their value goes up. I understand them [Forest] kicking themselves - we all do that from time to time - but I’m not here to hold a price and say ‘come back when you feel like it, no matter how he does or what anyone else wants to pay for him’.

“It’s unfortunate for Forest because an opportunity existed at the time that doesn’t exist anymore.

“I like Stuart a lot - he’s always been very nice to me - and I can understand him being a bit frustrated.

"I’m not sure if Neil wants to let Jack go. He wants to watch him. Forest have still got him and they are still doing well. I’m happy for him to be there - they are a good club."

Hunt is only due to stay at the City Ground until January and it seems that any hopes of an extension on the deal may have gone.

At right-back, he has formed part of a backline which has proved to be very sturdy so far and is a major reason behind the Reds' lofty position in the Championship table.

Forest are still unbeaten so far and they will be looking to build on this encouraging start after the international break.

Palace, meanwhile, are currently clear of the bottom three in the Premier League, but Hunt is likely to leave a promotion challenge for a relegation scrap if he does return to Selhurst Park in January. 

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