Alan Hardy has admitted that Nottingham Forest are likely to extend Jorge Grant's current deal at the City Ground.
The midfielder enjoyed a brilliant loan spell at Notts County this season and the club owner is eager to sign him up permanently.
However, Hardy is also aware that his progress at Meadow Lane will not have gone unnoticed by both his parent club - who have an option to extend his deal by another year, and any other suitors, with Bristol City and Wigan Athletic rumoured to be after him.
"Jorge enjoyed his time here. He did fantastically well," Hardy told the Nottingham Post. "I think Jorge is the first to admit that he's grown as a player since being here.
"That's no detriment to Forest, it's purely because he's been given the opportunity to play first-team football.
"The ball is in Forest's court. They have got an option on him and it looks like they are likely to exercise that option.
"Whether we then buy him from Forest or we have him on loan, or Forest may well decide to keep him, we'll have to see. Unfortunately, we aren't holding any of the cards.
"Discussion at the moment is between Forest and Jorge. We've registered our interest, Jorge knows how we feel, Jorge knows how much we would pay him, the ball is very much in Forest's court."