Three players who could leave Nottingham Forest in January

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We take a look at three players who could leave Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window.

Nottingham Forest may currently be occupying 10th place in the Championship, but there is a feeling that this position does not reflect the quality that they have. 

Manager Stuart Pearce has a number options to choose from at the City Ground as the Reds possess one of the biggest squads in the second tier of English football. 

It is a great asset for a manager to have such strength in depth, and the hope is that this will provide them with the quality to claim a spot in the top six by the end of the season.

However, there are players who have become ostracised because of the amount of class that Forest have this season and, with the January transfer window on the horizon, they may be thinking about their futures. 

In this piece we take a look at three players whose times at the City Ground could be coming to an end. 

Danny Collins

The centre-back is vastly experienced at Championship level and did a good job for Forest last season, but he cannot break into the team under Pearce's stewardship. 

Collins played 28 times for the Reds during the previous campaign, but he has not even been seen game time this term. 

At 34-years-old it is unlikely that he is happy spending the remainder of his playing days watching from the stands and a move looks the best option for both parties. 

On his day, Collins remains a capable defender at Championship level and there is unlikely to be a lack of interest in his services should he be made available in January. 

Djamel Abdoun

Another player who has not been seen since Pearce took charge of the club, Abdoun has become Forest's forgotten man.

The Algerian international has a fair amount of ability in possession and is a natural when it comes to taking defenders on, but Pearce clearly feels that he has better attacking options. 

Abdoun was told in the summer that he had no future at the City Ground, and little seems to have changed since then. 

Although a move to another English club may be unlikely, Abdoun should have done enough on the continent previously in his career - where he represented Nantes and Olympiacos - to attract some attention in his services. 

David Vaughan

The diminutive central midfielder remains one of the finest passers in the Forest squad, but he appears to have slipped a long way down the pecking order at Forest. 

The Reds have a great amount of quality in central midfield and the rise of Ben Osborn and Jorge Grant from the youth-team has limited his chances of playing even further. 

Vaughan has made just six appearances across all competitions this season and has already spoken of his frustrations of a lack of first-team chances. 

Having not played for the club since the start of November it seems unlikely that Vaughan will be able to get back into the team and he may opt to move away in the new-year in his search for first-team football.

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