Scouts have watched Chelsea midfielder this season

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Scouts from the Championship side Nottingham Forest have been reportedly impressed with the performances of Chelsea midfielder Billy Gilmour this season.

According to The Sun, Nottingham Forest want to sign Gilmour on loan in January in a bid to bolster the club’s promotion charge.

Gilmour made his Chelsea debut in the 2-2 draw against Sheffield United and followed that up by playing the full 90 minutes as Chelsea beat Grimsby 7-1 in the Carabao Cup.

Nottingham Forest face competition from Leeds United for the loan signing of Gilmour in January.

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard stopped Gilmour from leaving the club on loan in the summer and it isn’t yet known if he would allow the 18 year old midfielder leave the club on loan in January.

Speaking about Lampard’s decision to stop him from leaving on loan in the summer, Gilmour said: “In pre-season the manager had a chat with me saying he knew I wanted to go on loan but said it would be better if I stayed.

“Obviously it’s working. He’s looking at younger players. With the transfer ban it’s hard but it’s good experience for us.

“Hopefully, I can try to get more first-team games. “He talks to you normally, tells you you’re doing well and says if I want to keep training with them I need to keep my standards up.

“I wanted to follow my dream and to play in the Premier League and choosing Chelsea has turned out to be the right move. I’m enjoying it. The plan for me was set up and I’m now ahead of the plan.”

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