Derry City winger Stephen McLaughlin is close to securing a dream move to Championship club Nottingham Forest but a deal is yet to be agreed between the two clubs.
The 22-year-old spent a week on trial at the City Ground and if he passes a medical at the Championship club on Tuesday, he is expected to join the East Midlands side in the near future with the initial fee believed to be in the region of £200,000.
Speaking to the Londonderry Sentinel, McLaughlin admitted he would be “over the moon” if he completes his long awaited move.
“I go over on Tuesday, but nothing has been agreed yet,” stated McLaughlin.
“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 Donegal-born speedster joined the Candystripes in 2010 after impressing for Finn Harps and has won the League Cup and more recently the FAI Cup during his time at the Brandywell.
He also confirmed that despite some initial nerves, he really enjoyed the few days he spent with Sean O’Driscoll’s side.
“If I get the opportunity to sign for Forest then yes I’ll be over the moon, who wouldn’t be delighted?
“I enjoyed my time with Forest, yes it’s a massive step up from League of Ireland, because there is better players, better facilities and better training.
Meanwhile, fellow Derry midfielder Barry McNamee could also be on his way to the City Ground, after he impressed after his recent trial. Forest boss O’Driscoll has previously confirmed he is keen to sign the energetic midfielder and a deal is thought to be close.
Elsewhere, Derry manager Declan Devine is among the contenders for the 2012 Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland Personality of the Year award. He celebrated his first year in management by masterminding FAI Ford Cup success with Derry and the winner will be announced in January.