Stuart Pearce provides update on Jack Hunt transfer negotiations

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Nottingham Forest manager has spoken about his attempts at signing Jack Hunt from Crystal Palace.

Nottingham Forest boss Stuart Pearce says that no deal will be agreed with Crystal Palace for Jack Hunt unless they lower their demands for the full-back.

Forest are trying to make Hunt's loan move a permanent one in January, but they have been frustrated by Palace moving the goalposts. 

The two sides had agreed a fee for the right-back, but Hunt's form over the start of the season has made the Eagles raise their asking price and Pearce thinks that the Premier League side's valuation is now excessive. 

"There is no progress at this moment in time, we are still in the same situation," Pearce told the Nottingham Post.

"We had agreed a fee, I felt, with Palace. But that fee then doubled in a shortish period of time and that new valuation is way beyond what I think is right and fair for him.

"He is our player until January and it will be around that point, or some time just before it, that the clubs will chat again.

"We will see if they are prepared to move slightly and we will also court the opinion of the player, to some degree, to see where he would like to play his football."

Hunt has been a mainstay in Forest's side so far this campaign and looks a real talent.

Neil Warnock is reportedly keen to assess whether he could be an option for his first-team squad at Palace, but Forest are still determined to force through a deal.

The loss of the former Huddersfield Town man would be a major blow to their promotion chances and breaking up what has been a solid defensive unit midway through the season is something Pearce is desperate not to do. 

For now Hunt's focus will simply be on continuing his fine form and he is reportedly keen to stay at the City Ground, if given the choice. 

The 23-year-old is likely to play a part in Forest's weekend match, where they take on Wolverhampton Wanderers. 

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