Nottingham Forest transfer news: Chris Hughton issues update on Glenn Murray's future

 Chris Hughton makes claim about Nottingham Forest forward Glenn Murray's future

Nottingham Forest's dismal 2020/21 campaign culminated in a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Preston North End last weekend.

A lack of consistency in the Championship by the Reds saw them meander their way to a 17th place finish under the guidance of manager Chris Hughton.

Considering that Forest will need to make drastic changes to their squad if they are to push on in the second-tier next season, it wouldn't be at all surprising if there is a mass exodus from the City Ground this summer.

One of the players who has yet to be offered a new deal by the Reds is Glenn Murray whose current contract is set to expire next month.

Since joining Forest on a short-term deal earlier this year, the forward has ultimately failed to deliver the goods in the second-tier for his side as he was only able to score two goals in 16 appearances.

Making reference to Murray's future, Hughton has insisted that although he has not ruled out the possibility of keeping the forward at the club, he is currently looking at ways to improve his options in the upcoming transfer window.

Speaking to the Nottingham Post about whether he would be willing to extend the 37-year-old's stay, the Reds boss said: "In all honesty, I don't know.

"What we have to look at is what options we have.

"I don't think it would be unfair to speak about Glenn that way, that we have to look at younger options and other options.

"But you never know - the exact same way that we took Glenn very late in the January transfer window, if he still wants to play and we're in a position, or somebody is in a position (to sign him).

"But at the moment, we have to look at the best options we can."

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When you consider just how underwhelming Murray has been in recent months, it is hardly surprising that Hughton is seemingly willing to let him leave this summer.

A shadow of the striker who once netted 30 league goals in a single Championship campaign for Crystal Palace, the former Watford man may not be good enough to play regularly at this level at this stage of his career.

Having averaged an underwhelming WhoScored match rating of 6.37 during the 2020/21 season for Forest, it would be somewhat of a shock if he is offered a new deal by the club.

By letting Murray leave, the Reds could potentially replace him with a younger forward who is keen to prove himself in the Championship by using some of the money freed up from their wage bill.

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