Clubs eye Forest defender Mancienne on free transfer

Michael Mancienne - Nottingham Forest

HITC Sport understands a number of clubs are monitoring Forest defender's contract situation.

Michael Mancienne - Nottingham ForestMichael Mancienne - Nottingham Forest

A host of clubs are keeping tabs on Michael Mancienne's contract situation at Nottingham Forest, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Macienne is out of contract at Forest this summer and news of his possible availability on a free transfer has alerted a number of his suitors.

Forest are keen to keep hold of the former England Under-21 international and offer him a new deal, but due to the club's precarious position in the Championship relegation battle they are unable to make any decisions on players' contracts.

Mancienne has been on the bench for the last few games as he has a clause in his contract where he will win a new 12-month deal if he starts another two games.

Leeds' Eunan O'Kane in action with Nottingham Forest's Michael MancienneLeeds' Eunan O'Kane in action with Nottingham Forest's Michael Mancienne

Forest are reluctant to play him until they know their own fate in the Championship as they are not going to be able to keep Mancienne in League One next season.

If Forest secure their Championship status they plan to sit down and discuss a new deal with Mancienne as they see him as a key part of their future plans.

However, a number of clubs are ready to take advantage of the uncertainty over Forest's future in the Championship by trying to set up a move for former Chelsea youngster Mancienne on a free transfer.

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