Freedman was sacked at Forest earlier today, but it turns that he has been under pressure for some time.
Owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi reportedly considered the possibility of appointing Clough earlier in the campaign but opted against sacking Freedman at that time.
Clough has since gone on to take charge at Burton Albion and he is on the verge of taking the Brewers up from League One.
That means Clough could come up against Forest next season, as the Reds are lodged firmly in mid-table in the Championship currently.
Forest have won just once in their last six outings, and Al-Hasawi decided that a change was needed, with Freedman’s sacking being confirmed earlier today.
Forest have now placed first-team coach Paul Williams in charge until the end of the season.
Freedman was in charge of the Reds for 57 matches, winning 19 of them.