By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest are plotting a raid of Burton Albion for Jackson Irvine, according to a report.
The Nottingham Post claims that the 24-year-old;s talks for a new contract have stalled with the Reds’ Midlands rivals Burton in January, which has led to a number of clubs pursuing his signature.
Australian news outlet SBS has previously reported that Derby, Aston Villa and Wolves were among a host of Championship clubs vying to poach Irvine away from the Pirelli Stadium this summer.
The latest report adds that the nine-times Australia international has two years left on his deal with Burton and was impressive for them in their first ever season in the Championship last time out.
He scored ten goals in 42 league appearances for the Brewers, but they will no doubt be hoping that the contract-rebel commits his future to the club in light of increased interest in signing him.
It is understood that Irvine has a release clause in his contract that could see him ditch Burton for a fee that is reported by the Nottingham Post to be roughly around £1.5million.
Football Insider Verdict
Irvine would be a very good addition to Mark Warburton’s Nottingham Forest squad and it would also be a big blow to a host of their rivals if they manage to snap him up. Villa, Wolves and Derby have all been busy this summer so for the Reds to beat them to Irvine would also be a big boost for themselves as they could do with a goal scoring midfielder. His contract issue at the Pirelli looks as though it has been going on for some time, which means that he could be holding out for an offer from a bigger team, like Forest, to secure his services. £1.5million is practically a steal for the ex-Celtic man and Warburton has to get the deal done.
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