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Nottingham Forest and Norwich City have been linked with Jorge Grant but, as Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton told Lincolnshire Live, the midfielder is going nowhere in January.

If Forest could turn back the clock to the summer of 2019, you’d imagine that the two-time European champions would have second thoughts about letting an academy graduate walk out the door.

Grant joined Lincoln after just 17 Championship appearances in Nottingham Forest colours.

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A year on, TEAMtalk is now reporting that the second-tier strugglers would jump at the chance to bring the 26-year-old play-maker back to the City Ground during the upcoming January transfer window.

Reading, Swansea, Brentford and top-of-the-table Norwich City are also interested.

But while Grant is due to become a free agent next summer, talks over a new, long-term deal are progressing nicely at Sincil Bank.

“I don’t see (a January exit) being an option. I think there are two options – he’s either going to stay and be a Lincoln City player beyond this season or he’s going to be here until the end of the season. I don’t see him leaving in January in any way, shape or form,” Appleton said.

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“I could be completely wrong, but that’s the way the climate is at the moment.

“Whatever does happen, his professionalism has been great and I have no reason to think that’s going to change.”

Grant has ten goals and eight assists from midfield this season. Forest boss Chris Hughton would give his right arm for a man capable producing numbers like this from the centre of the park.

And while the East Midland giants are hovering nervously over the relegation zone, a Lincoln side who battered Northampton 4-0 on Saturday are flying high in the League One promotion positions.

“(Contract talks with Grant) went well I think but time with tell,” Appleton added. “He’s obviously a very ambitious lad and he has the quality to play at the next level, we know that, but we want to give him the opportunity to do that with ourselves.

“I still think there’s a bit of time to go and a bit of negotiation but, I have to say, it felt very positive.”

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