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Nottingham Forest to sign Derry City's McLaughlin

Championship club Nottingham Forest are close to signing Stephen McLaughlin from Derry City.

The 22-year old winger has been on trial with Forest recently and it is believed he will pen a deal worth £200,000 on Tuesday.

"I go over on Tuesday, but nothing has been agreed yet," McLaughlin told the Londonderry Sentinel.

"It has been a long couple of weeks, not knowing what was going to happen, but hopefully now things are moving and everything will be sorted out.

"It would be a nice Christmas present, but I'm going over for talks on Tuesday and see what happens from there."

He added: "I enjoyed my time (training) with Forest, yes it's a massive step up from League of Ireland, because there is better players, better facilities and better training.

"Once I got over my nerves at the start of the week I was OK and I got on alright.

"Their training wasn't a major shock to me, yes it was quicker but once I got up to speed I was fine.

"I think I was nervous because you just don't know what to expect, but when I was leaving I felt grand and that I did OK."

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