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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - by Neil Fissler

NOT­TING­HAM For­est are lining up a bid for Mill­wall goal­keeper David Forde if he leaves The Den at the end of the sea­son.

The Repub­lic of Ire­land in­ter­na­tional has been an ever present for the Cham­pi­onship strug­glers this sea­son and is weigh­ing up his op­tions.

Forde only signed a new three-year con­tract with Mill­wall last sum­mer but has strug­gled to find his best form this term.

If the Li­ons are rel­e­gated from the Cham­pi­onship, Forde, 35, faces los­ing a sub­stan­tial amount of his wages as he has a rel­e­ga­tion clause in­serted into the deal.

And Mill­wall could be tempted into of­fload­ing him and bring­ing in a younger player with any trans­fer fee that they get for him.

For­est need to sign a new keeper this sum­mer af­ter sell­ing cur­rent first choice Karl Dar­low.

The 24-year-old was sold to New­cas­tle United last year, but loaned back to For­est for this sea­son.

It means For­est boss Dougie Freed­man needs to find a re­place­ment.

Forde, who has been at Mill­wall since ar­riv­ing on a free trans­fer from Cardiff City in 2008, is on the list of play­ers that he would like to sign. READ­ING are watch­ing high­lyrated Shrews­bury cen­tral de­fender Con­nor Goldson with a view to mak­ing a a sum­mer move.

The 22-year-old only has a year left on his con­tract and could be tempted by a move to the Cham­pi­onship from the League Two pro­mo­tion-chasers. CHELSEA are the early pacesetters in the race to land Ful­ham star­let Pa­trick Roberts at the end of the sea­son.

Ful­ham are pre­par­ing to of­fer the highly-rated winger a new con­tract but it would ap­pear they are fac­ing a battle to keep him at the club.

Roberts, 19, has been watched by a host of Pre­mier League sides this sea­son de­spite play­ing in a Ful­ham side that is dan­ger­ously close to the Cham­pi­onship rel­e­ga­tion zone.

The Eng­land U19 star was left out of the squad that faced Charl­ton in mid­week and has started just three times for Ful­ham.

But that hasn’t put off Chelsea, who are aim­ing to get one over on their lo­cal ri­vals by snatch­ing one of their most highly prized play­ers. Roberts has pre­vi­ously been linked with Ar­se­nal.

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