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Jorge Grant has played down speculation linking him with a return to Nottingham Forest in the January transfer window, telling Lincolnshire Live he is “very happy” at Lincoln City.

There’s a certain irony in the fact that, while stuttering Forest continue to lack any sort of incision in the final third, a player who didn’t make the grade at the City Ground is finding goals easy to come by from his central midfield role.

Grant has scored ten times this season alone – that’s almost as many as Chris Hughton’s entire squad has managed in 18 Championship games (11).

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A few weeks ago, TEAMtalk reported Nottingham Forest were mulling over the idea of trying to lure the 25-year-old back to the City Ground, with promotion-chasing quartet Brentford, Swansea City, Reading and Norwich also interested.

But Grant doesn’t sound like a player desperate for a fresh start. Quite the opposite, in fact.

“We’ve got another meeting at the club next week (about extending my contract). I’m very happy at the club. There’s interest with me doing well this season,” said the playmaker, who also had a spell at Reading as a youngster.

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“There’s family to think about as I’ve now got a little one. Hopefully we can get something sorted, but you never know with contracts. Talks are going well.

“You want to play at the highest level possible, but I’d rather do that here than anywhere else. The club is progressing in the right way and I’d like to stay here. Let’s see what happens.

“If you’re happy at a place it makes (the decision) a bit easier.”

Lincoln are sitting pretty in second spot right now, retaining their position in League One’s automatic promotion spots despite suffering a 4-0 thumping at home to a rejuvenated Sunderland side on Saturday.

Grant isn’t the only goalscoring midfielder linked with Forest, however, amid speculation suggesting Ireland international Jack Byrne could join from Shamrock Rovers.

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