Nottingham Forest boss Steve Cotterill no longer interested in signing Ipswich Town skipper Grant leadbitter

NOTTINGHAM Forest manager Steve Cotterill admits he is a big admirer of Ipswich Town captain Grant Leadbitter – but says he is no longer interested in signing him.

Cotterill tried to bring the 25-year-old midfielder to Portsmouth just prior to the summer transfer window closing, but had a bid rejected by Blues boss Paul Jewell.

Since then, Leadbitter – in the final year of his contract – has turned down a new deal at Portman Road, while Cotterill has taken over at The City Ground.

But after watching his side twice come from behind to beat the visiting Blues 3-2 on Saturday, the Forest boss says he won’t be trying again for the Town’s skipper’s signature in January.

“There was some interest when I was at Portsmouth, yes,” admitted Cotterill, whose side inflicted a fourth straight defeat on Ipswich thanks to a brace of late goals – with the winner coming a minute into injury time.

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“It wasn’t something I wanted made public, it was the same with David Norris – I like to do things properly.

“I don’t know whether that (interest in Leadbitter) will be renewed at Nottingham Forest though simply because we have a lot of central midfield players. There are other positions we probably need to look at.

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“I’ve been an admirer of Grant for a long time, as I have a lot of players in the Ipswich team. I’ve come across most of them in the Championship at one time or another and I think they’re a real good bunch of lads.”

Jewell admitted last week that contract talks with Leadbitter are on hold for now, but that both parties were comfortable with the situation.

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