Virgil Gomis has joined Notts County on loan, a move which seems to mark a change of heart in the frosty relationship between the two clubs.

Nottingham Forest have announced that teenage striker Virgil Gomis has joined neighbours Notts County on a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 19-year-old has been in impressive form the the Reds’ Under-23s this term, scoring a hat-trick just last week in a 5-0 win over Exeter City in the Premier League Cup, according to the Nottingham Post.

Gomis has taken the number 10 shirt at Meadow Lane (Notts Twitter account) and is expected to go straight into the squad for the League Two home game against fellow East Midlanders Lincoln City on Saturday.

The move seems to mark a change of heart in the relationship between the two Nottingham clubs, as Forest had loaned out several of their young stars to Mansfield Town this season rather than the Magpies.

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Indeed, Jorge Grant’s switch to the Stags in January, after he had made a name for himself at Notts in the second half of the 2016-17 season and the promotion-challenging 2017-18 campaign, appeared to reflect Forest’s shift in perception of their fellow Nottinghamshire clubs.

However, according to the Nottingham Post, the Reds do not want to be the only Football League club in the city and as such have reportedly decided to help their ailing neighbours out by loaning them one of their brightest attacking players.

Here is how some Forest fans reacted to the move on Twitter:

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