NOTTINGHAM FOREST are pushing ahead with a permanent move for David Vaughan, as Sunderland look to lighten the load on their wage bill.
Vaughan’s loan spell at the City Ground is due to expire on January 29, but with the midfielder out-of-contract at the Stadium of Light in the summer, Forest have made no secret of their ambitions to keep the Sunderland man.
Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi tweeted at the weekend that the club were hopeful of completing permanent moves for loan pair Vaughan and Hull’s Jack Hobbs.
“Please be reassured that both I and the manager are working hard to make both players permanent signings,” he said.
And while sources close to Forest have suggested the club may take their time in pushing through the deal, it is still likely to be completed by the end of the January transfer window.
Vaughan, who didn’t feature under Gus Poyet prior to his departure, was highly unlikely to be offered a new contract by Sunderland and the Black Cats will earn a minimal fee from Forest.
But Sunderland are eager to remove an unwanted player from the wage bill, with Vaughan on a decent salary after his Bosman arrival at the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2011.
The Black Cats are conscious of the need to comply with financial fair play restrictions on salaries after getting close to the limits of their wage bill during the summer.
And with on-loan Fiorentina left-back Marcos Alonso expected to be the first of several fresh faces this month, there will inevitably be departures.
Summer signing Cabral, who last week joined Italian side Genoa on loan with a view to a permanent deal, represented one of the first of those exits.