By Dominic Toner

John Jay Moores and Charles Noell are on the verge of becoming the new Nottingham Forest owners and are lining up a move for Gary Rowett to become the club’s new manager, according to a report.

HITC Sport claim that the American businessmen Moores and Noell will complete their Forest takeover early in January as the the deal is in its final stages.

The report details that the American duo are preparing to sack current manager Philippe Montanier and appoint Rowett as the new boss.

It is understood that the soon-to-be owners have idenfited Rowett after he transformed Birmingham into relegation candidates to play-off contenders.

Forest are currently languishing in the bottom half of the league table and are just six points above the relegation places in 18th.

The Midlands giants are without a win in their last four league games and there are concerns from supporters that they could be dragged into a relegation scrap this season.

They have finished mid table in the Championship for the past five seasons and the new owners will be hoping to improve the clubs fortunes.

Forest have not featured in the Premier League since the 1998/99 season and believe they belong in the top flight.

Rowett is currently unemployed after he was surprisingly sacked by Birmingham in December, with the club seventh in the Championship.

The 42-year-old is regarded as one of the most exciting young managers in English football and would be expected to change Forest into promotion challengers.

He has only managed Burton and Birmingham during his short career as a manager, but could be tempted to return under new owners at Forest.

In other Nottingham Forest news, the club’s defender delivered his verdict on the defeat to Huddersfield.