Report: Nottingham Forest make loan bid for Leicester City's Matty James, but may miss out

Leicester City's Matty James with the trophy as he celebrates winning the Barclays Premier League

Nottingham Forest have reportedly made a loan offer for Leicester's Matty James - but he wants to join Barnsley.

According to the Daily Mail, Nottingham Forest have made an offer to take Leicester City's Matty James on loan – but he's edging towards a move to Championship rivals Barnsley.

Forest saw star midfielder Henri Lansbury leave the club on Friday afternoon, as he joined Aston Villa in a deal Forest were almost forced into, given that Lansbury's contract was set to expire at the end of the season.

Leicester's Matty James is involved in a tussle with Aston Villa playersLeicester's Matty James is involved in a tussle with Aston Villa players

Caretaker boss Gary Brazil is currently in charge of managerless Forest following Philippe Montanier's departure, and he did hint to the Nottingham Post on Tuesday that a signing may be close.

A midfielder should be on Forest's wish list given Lansbury's departure, and the Daily Mail report that a loan offer has been made for Leicester City midfielder Matty James, but a deal may be unlikely already.

Leicester City's Matty James with the trophy as he celebrates winning the Barclays Premier LeagueLeicester City's Matty James with the trophy as he celebrates winning the Barclays Premier League

James, 25, has endured an injury nightmare at the King Power Stadium, as he missed the entirety of last season before returning to the side in November against Middlesbrough.

The Foxes allegedly want the talented midfielder to go out on loan for the rest of the season to build up his fitness, and Forest – along with Wigan Athletic, where his brother Reece plays – are believed to have made offers to take James on loan.

However, it's stated that James is edging towards joining Barnsley, with the Tykes also set to lose a midfielder to Aston Villa in Conor Hourihane, and James is being lined up as a possible replacement on a temporary basis.

Barnsley have won four of their last six games and lie just four points off the play-offs, whereas Forest are managerless and lie just five points above the relegation zone; factors which may well be weighing on James' mind as he decides his next move.

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