Could Paterson's future be in danger if reported Grealish deal happens?

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Nottingham Forest's Jamie Paterson may have to be moved out on loan if Aston Villa's Jack Grealish does sign.

If Nottingham Forest are to complete the transfer of Aston Villa youngster Jack Grealish, it may not be good news for every member of their squad.

Indeed, one in particular may suffer.

Grealish is said to be a top target of Forest's by the Nottingham Post and his transfer could go through in the next few days. 

The youngster promises to bring a lot of excitement to the City Ground and should increase their attacking threat - but Jamie Paterson may be less pleased than most with the winger's arrival. 

Paterson has struggled for a consistent run of games ever since Stuart Pearce took over at the club and one would suspect his task of gaining regular first-team football will be made even harder by Grealish's arrival. 

The 19-year-old Aston Villa man would not come to Nottingham Forest just to sit on the substitutes' bench, meaning Paterson's already limited role in the team could become even more of a backseat one. 

Paterson has made 18 appearances to date this campaign, with most of these coming off the bench, and there must be question marks over his future if Grealish does arrive. 

The winger has already proven that he can be a threat in the Championship and was one of the Reds' star players last term. As such, the Nottingham Forest man is unlikely to be satisfied with such a peripheral function for the team. 

It means Pearce may be faced with a selection dilemma if he completes his intended transfer business. And he may even have to contemplate the possibility of allowing Paterson to leave the club on a temporary basis should Grealish arrive. 

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