The 22-year-old winger has confirmed he is heading back to the east Midlands for talks over a possible transfer after he impressed during a recent trial period with the club
Fellow Derry midfielder Barry McNamee could also sign for Forest in the near future after also impressing on his trial with the Championship club, who currently sit ninth in the table but are on a poor run, having only won two of their nine games since October.
McLaughlin would join Andy Reid and Simon Cox as part of the growing Irish contingent at Forest - manager Sean O’Driscoll has also represented the Republic of Ireland - and although he is happy with how negotiations are going, the versatile young midfielder is keen to point out nothing is finalised.
“I go over on Tuesday, but nothing has been agreed yet,” McLaughlin told the Londonderry Sentinel.
“It has been a long couple of weeks, not knowing what was going to happen, but hopefully now things are moving and everything will be sorted out.
“It would be a nice Christmas present, but I’m going over for talks on Tuesday and see what happens from there.”
The 22-year-old former Finn Harps starlet also confirmed that, despite some initial nerves, he thoroughly enjoyed his trial at Forest.
“If I get the opportunity to sign for Forest then yes I’ll be over the moon, who wouldn’t be delighted?,” he added.
“I enjoyed my time with Forest, yes it’s a massive step up from League of Ireland, because there is better players, better facilites and better training.
“Once I got over my nerves at the start of the week I was OK and I got on alright.
“Their training wasn’t a major shock to me, yes it was quicker but once I got up to speed I was fine.
“I think I was nervous because you just don’t know what to expect, but when I was leaving I felt grand and that I did OK.”