Nottingham Forest boss Mark Warburton steps up interest in St Mirren ace Lewis Morgan as Frank McParland takes in Renfrewshire derby

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SPYING MISSION

The English Championship side are believed to be weighing up a £400,000 January move for the 21-year-old

NOTTINGHAM FOREST have stepped up their interest in St Mirren star Lewis Morgan.

SunSport Online told last month how the Buddies midfielder had caught the attention of ex-Rangers boss Mark Warburton.

Lewis Morgan

Andy Barr – The Sun Glasgow

St Mirren ace Lewis Morgan is out of contract at the end of the season

Forest are believed to be weighing up a £400,000 January move for the 21-year-old.

And the Championship club are keeping close tabs on the Scotland Under-20s ace after talent spotted Frank McParland took in the weekend’s Renfrewshire derby.

Morgan played well as he won a penalty and helped set up the second in St Mirren’s controversial 2-2 draw with rivals Morton.

That will have impressed onlooking McParland – who worked with Warbs at Ibrox – as the Reds consider a winter swoop.

Lewis Morgan

Keith Campbell – The Sun Glasgow

The midfielder has been a standout this season

Boss Jack Ross will be in no rush to cash in on his key man – who is out of contract next summer – as table-topping Saints chase Premiership promotion.

But Forest will be confident of striking a deal for the youngster, who has bagged eight goals in 16 games already this term.

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers was also full of praise for the ex-Rangers starlet earlier this month.

He said: “There are a lot of good players here.

Mark Warburton

Reuters

Mark Warburton could make an offer in January

“People will always come up and say there’s not the pitches here, there’s not this and that.

“No. For me, if you can teach the kids to develop and play football, from a high, technical level and tactical level — and that’s the courage of the coaches.

“So it’s not the players that’s the problem. You’ve got the players, the players ARE here.

“The boy Lewis Morgan at St Mirren: quick, dynamic, can press, can run, can get at people.

“You’ve got the players, it’s how they are coached and how they are asked to play.

Brendan Rodgers

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Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers has also been impressed

“At the highest possible level you have to be able to play football.

“That’s education, that’s coaching.”

The Treble-winners watched Morgan in international action against England as Scot Gemmell’s side lost 3-0.

He is also said to be attracting interest from Swansea, Cardiff and Birmingham.

Burton Albion had a £200,000 bid for Morgan knocked back in the summer.




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