Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles is being monitored by Premier League clubs who are planning on making bids in January, the Irish Mirror reports.

The 20-year-old has made only 13 appearances for the club, but Sunderland, Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa are all reported to be interested.

Lascelles was close to a Spurs move for £5million in 2012, but opted to sign a new deal with Forest after being persuaded by Sean O'Driscoll.

With Sean O'Driscoll no longer at the club, and Lascelles only forcing his way into the side through injury, the youngster may be persuaded to seek pastures new and further his development.

The former England U20 international wouldn't come cheap for Premier League clubs, however. Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi has plenty of money in his wallet, and no incentive to sell.

Interested parties could be alerted by the fact Forest are chasing a striker, and with Financial Fair Play (FFP) coming into the league shortly, the Reds may be forced to balance the books, meaning promising young talent might be sold. 

Scouts have flocked to the City Ground in recent weeks as Lascelles has performed extremely well, collecting more than one man of the match award. Billy Davies has been reluctant to praise the Forest No.16, often phrasing his inexperience in a negative light.

With Kelvin Wilson and Danny Collins set to return in January, the Reds may decide to cash in on Lascelles while his stock is at its highest as, despite his brilliant performances, he's expected to return to the fringes.

Keeper Karl Darlow is another player said to be interesting other clubs, with Man City, Liverpool, Tottenham and West Ham all scouting him. The 23-year-old was thrown into the first team by former boss Alex McLeish and hasn't looked back since, establishing himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the league.

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