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23rd Feb, 2017 | 12:18pm

Major development in Nottingham Forest manager pursuit - reports

By Will Butcher

Nottingham Forest have suffered a blow in their search for a new manager amid reports Fulham’s Slavisa Jokanovic is set to be handed a new contract.

Sun correspondent Alan Nixon revealed earlier this month on his personal Twitter account that Jokanovic, 48, was Forest’s first-choice replacement for the departed Philippe Montanier.

However, the London Evening Standard have now claimed that the former Watford boss is set to sign a new two-year deal at Fulham, ending hopes of an imminent Forest move.

Jokanovic was reportedly targeted by the two-time European champions to take over in the summer, as Gary Brazil and Jack Lester remain in charge until the end of the season.

Jokanovic, who gained promotion with Watford back in 2014-15, before being surprisingly replaced by Spaniard Quique Sanchez Flores, has inspired Fulham this term.

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The London outfit currently sit in seventh place in the Championship, following Wednesday night’s 2-0 win over Bristol City and are six points off the top six with a game in hand.

Former Hercules, Partizan and Maccabi Tel Aviv boss Jokanovic has inspired the Londoners to their lofty position, with his current contract set to expire in the summer.

However, Forest will have to consider other options with Jokanovic set to agree terms as they look to bring in a new manager at the end of the 2016-17 season.

In other Nottingham Forest news, four other clubs have joined Forest in the pursuit of this non-league sensation.

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