Report names this club as front-runners to sign Celtic winger

Celtic's James Forrest is wanted by Norwich City, Nottingham Forest and Queens Park Rangers, reports say.

Norwich City are leading Nottingham Forest and QPR in the race to sign Celtic winger James Forrest, according to a report in Monday's Mirror.

Hoops manager Ronny Deila revealed last month that Forrest has snubbed a new contract at Parkhead, and barring a u-turn, the Scotland international will be available on a Bosman free transfer later this year.

But while the Mirror claim his contract expires in the summer, others - including Sky Sports - report that he is tied to the Scottish champions until the end of December.

Nevertheless, Norwich manager Alex Neil has received the go-ahead to strengthen his squad once the transfer window reopens, according to the Mirror, and plans to add Forrest - against whom he played during his Hamilton days.

Saturday's defeat to Swansea City has left the Canaries rooted in the Premier League's relegation places, and extended the Swans' hold over the bottom four to eight points with nine games remaining.

Given Sunderland's improvement under Sam Allardyce, Norwich are facing an uphill battle for survival, and unless any additional interest materialises, Forrest looks to be Championship-bound next term.

Both QPR and Forest have struggled in the second tier this season and sit 12th and 15th respectively, despite their pre-season promotion aspirations.

Forrest, 24, has played 188 times for Celtic, scoring 30 goals, and has 13 caps for Scotland.

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