"We are still interested in Paul and it is not out of our hands (regarding Swansea's accepted bid)," he told the Nottingham Evening Post.
"We will be seeing what we can do and will sit down and discuss the situation with Paul and talk to him about it.
"We will see what happens. We plan to speak to him when he returns from his holiday.
"We are putting together a side where we have players who want to come here and want to play for Nottingham Forest. I have said that all along.
"I want players who want to play a part in moving this club on to better things. But, if players think the grass will be greener elsewhere, that is up to them."