Forest cool interest in Brown loan

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Michael Brown
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Michael Brown is no closer to leaving Pompey, despite reports linking him with an emergency loan move to Nottingham Forest.

The Blues midfielder has not played for the club since the Boxing Day 1-1 draw with Millwall because of his well-documented contract wrangle.

The News understands Forest have talked with Pompey over a move for Brown as they search for a central midfielder to replace the injured Guy Moussi – but have since cooled their interest.

Forest boss Billy Davies may yet return for the 34-year-old, depending on his attempts to recruit another midfielder and Brown is believed to open to the prospect of a loan move to play first-team football again.

Meanwhile, Nadir Ciftci’s Fratton Park exit has moved a step closer with Fenerbahce now leading the chase for his signature.

The talented 19-year-old forward is out of contract at the end of the season and he has stalled on a new deal at Pompey and outlined his intention to leave to boss Steve Cotterill last month.

The Turkish-born youngster broke into the first team at the start of the season but has since seen his opportunities limited.

That has not stopped Ciftci from attracting interest from several clubs both home and abroad and the Turkish giants have moved into pole position.

If they do complete his signing, they would not have to pay a transfer fee – only a nominal training compensation – to Pompey.

Meanwhile, David Cotterill completed the formalities on his loan move to the Blues yesterday and is set to make his debut in today’s showdown with Barnsley.

The Swansea winger and Wales international has joined for a month and has been handed the number 17 squad number vacated by John Utaka.