Steve Cooper targeting one of his former players as Forest plan double Leeds swoop

Nottingham Forest are reportedly planning loan moves for two Leeds United youngsters. 

Forest have made a bright start to the January Transfer window, already securing the additions of Aston Villa striker Keinan Davis on loan and the permanent signing of Bournemouth’s defensive stalwart Steve Cook.

The Reds also managed to negotiate an extension of Djed Spence‘s loan from Middlesbrough until the end of the season and they are now said to be in talks with Millwall over the signing of Jed Wallace.

Now Steve Cooper has turned his attention to Leeds United’s youth ranks, with Cody Drameh and Sam Greenwood emerging as targets.

Both have made their Premier League debuts this term but will need a loan to guarantee first team minutes in the second half of the season.

As both are England U21 internationals and standout performers in the PL2, you would expect both to be more than comfortable in the Championship.

Greenwood and Cooper go way back, then an Arsenal player, Greenwood netted 12 goals for England U17s under the current Forest boss.

Cooper also previously tried to sign Greenwood when he was in charge at Swansea this time last year, but Leeds rejected a loan offer in favour of him staying with the Whites U23 side. He went on to help Mark Jackson’s side to promotion as top scorer with 12 goals.

He has continued his goal scoring form into this season too and again leads the Whites U23 scoring charts with seven goals and also has four assists to his name.

A loan is more likely to be sanctioned by Leeds this time around after the arrival of Mateo Joseph Fernandez this week who could slot into the number nine role for Jackson’s side, allowing Greenwood to depart on loan for valuable first team experience.

Drameh had also been strongly linked with Forest in the run up to the window, The Daily Mail even reported that Forest were in talks with him but those rumours have died down since they extended the loan of Spence which lessened their need for another right back.

A move could still materialise but if Leeds are to let him go, you would expect them to send him elsewhere where game time would be more or less guaranteed. Hoffenheim and Bayer Leverkusen are both interested.

However, former striker Kevin Phillips believes Leeds should hold onto the pair despite admitting the loans would be beneficial to the players.

“From the players’ point of view, yeah they’ve been on the bench but if you get to go and play in the Championship at a club like Forest, you’d jump at it,” Phillips told Football Insider.

“That experience will only benefit them. They could come back not just as squad players but challenging for a first-team place.

“But at the moment, I would rather have them sat on my bench knowing that you’ve got cover because the squad is very light.”

From a Forest point of view, they find themselves just six points off the play-offs but could cut the gap to sixth-placed Huddersfield to three points as they have a game in hand on the Terriers.

So with a shot at the Premier League well within their reach, their January window business could tip the balance in their favour.