The Candystripes midfielder was happy with how he fared during his trial with the Championship club but concedes that any move will depend on agreement between clubs
The 22-year-old attacker caught the attention of Forest after impressing for the Candystripes during the 2012 Airtricity Premier Division season where he was one of the club's top goalscorers with nine league goals and he said that he was happy with his efforts at Wilford Lane.
"The trial went well as far as I am concerned and the Forest manager (Sean O'Driscoll) said I had done well, there's not much more I can do now and I suppose the next move will depend on any talks between the two clubs," McLaughlin told the Evening Herald.
"I think I acquitted myself well over there and having seen the standard, I feel I could play at that level. It was a step-up from what I am used to, the pace was a lot quicker in training but I didn't feel out of place at all.
"They have a good squad there with a lot of internationals, players like Simon Cox, but I did well in anything I had to do," added McLaughlin.
However, despite being positive about his trial with Forest, McLaughlin acknowledges that he remains a Derry City player.
He said: "They haven't said that there's a contract there for me on the table and something will only happen if the clubs come to an agreement.
"I have a year left on my contract with Derry and as far as I am concerned I am a Derry City player until I am told otherwise," added the winger.