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Forest manager Davies eyes permanent Ryan Bertrand deal

Ryan Bertrand
Bertrand has yet to play a competitive first-team game for Chelsea

Nottingham Forest boss Billy Davies has hinted that the club is keen to make Ryan Bertrand's loan move to the City Ground a permanent deal in January.

The Chelsea left-back joined in August for six months and has played 18 games.

When asked if he wanted to extend the 21-year defender's loan period, Davies told BBC Radio Nottingham that the Reds were also weighing up a permanent deal.

"There are two options, one is to extend and one is to buy him and I've made my recommendation," Davies said.

"We'll wait and see what happens - we're looking at all options. It's in the hands of other people.

"In any great side you build from the back and that is very important. We'll see what develops. We'll keep asking the questions."

Davies has already expressed his desire to extend the loan deal for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey.

The Wales international's loan period is also due to expire in January and Davies said it is vital Forest get their business done rapidly.

He said: "There are conversations going on with Aaron and a number of other people so we'll see what takes place.

"The recommendations have been made. It is very important that we get the situation sorted as quick as possible and get the dressing room settled down and firmly focused on getting this club back in the Premier League.

Undying Red

"There are just some areas we need to strengthen up on and some changes we need to make.

"There is no doubt that shaking the bag in the next window is very important, bringing in some freshness. Letting one or two who need to get games go and just freshening the dressing room is very important."

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