The Reds have been priced at 5/1 to land the former Newcastle striker in the January transfer window, closely followed by Wigan Athletic (6/1), Brighton and Hove Albion (8/1) and Reading (8/1).
Last week, it was announced shortly after his poor performance against non-league Southport and the arrival of Aston Villa striker Darren Bent that the 28-year-old would be sent back to Blackburn by Steve McClaren in order for him to pursue other ventures.
‘’We would like to wish Leon every success in the future,’’ McClaren told dcfc.co.uk
‘’Leon has given his all, worked incredibly hard, been a great professional and not been a single bit of trouble, but his chances were going to be limited moving forwards so we have decided to cancel his loan agreement.’’
The Nottingham-born striker struggled to adapt to life with the Rams and failed to endear himself to supporters, who were less than thankful for his services following his return to the Lancashire club.
Best, who made 15 sub appearances for the Rams, accumulated just 251 minutes of Championship football with the East Midlands side, and failed to find the net despite recording two assists.
If Forest do decide to make a move for the former Republic of Ireland striker, it’s safe to say he will need game time and lots of belief from the management in order to hit the same standards he did under Hughton and Pardew at Newcastle United in the 2010-11 season.
At Derby, he looked severely short on confidence and wasn't helped by the fact he was competing for one place with one of the division's top marksman in Chris Martin.