Nottingham Forest's reported £1.5million bid for central defender Kelvin Wilson has been met with a determined response from Neil Lennon.

Despite Billy Davies's desire to bring the defender to the East Midlands, Forest will surely be reluctant to fork out such a hefty sum for the 27-year-old. 

Wilson left the Reds as a free agent in in 2011 and it seems the Celtic boss has attributed much greater value to the defender than his former club did.

Regardless, it seems as though the Celtic boss has no intentions of selling Wilson after his consistent good form last season.

The Hoops boss told reporters: "There was a bid came in on Friday. I haven't had the chance to digest it yet but on the surface it's not going to be anywhere near enough".

"He was very consistent last year and showed his qualities and the reasons why we bought him.

"He's got two years left on his contract so he's in a stable position as far as that is concerned. 

"There's no need to push the panic button. I didn't get the chance to speak to him about things yesterday but I'd imagine he'd want to stay.

"Funnily enough he is in Nottingham for the weekend but that's purely coincidental."

Wilson plied his trade on both sides of the Trent, making 78 appearances at Notts County and 123 at Forest, also enjoying a one-year stint at Preston North End before making the move from the City Ground to Celtic Park. 

After a disappointing 2011-12 season with the Bhoys, Wilson broke into Celtic's starting eleven after putting in several impressive performances in the UEFA Champions League, most notably in the second leg of Celtic's clash with Barcelona. 

His good form continued in the SPL and the high profile, positive exposure the Nottingham born player has sparked rumours of an England call-up on the horizon.

Davies is currently in Kuwait, engaged in budget talks with club chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi, and is unlikely to be deterred by the initial setback. 

The Reds boss has already made efforts to bring about the homecoming of a number of former players to the club, with his pursuit of Wes Morgan hitting the headlines last week. 

With his return to the helm 20 months after the previous Forest board sacked him, Davies seems determined to reassemble the best of his 2009-11 side for his promotion campaign next season. 

But with such confidence from his current manager and the promise of European football next season, Forest will be lucky to lure Wilson back to Nottingham.


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