Nottingham Forest’s inertia could mean Huddersfield Town put the brakes on their bid to sign Jamie Paterson.

The Forest forward spent last season on loan at the John Smith’s Stadium, scoring eight goals in 36 games.

Town boss David Wagner is keen on a permanent deal for the 24-year-old Walsall product.

But a City Ground takeover saga rumbles on, and Forest have yet to appoint a permanent successor to manager Dougie Freedman, sacked three months ago.

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That means there has been no progress on talks over a Paterson transfer.

And it’s believed whoever becomes boss will want to run the rule over a player who cost £1m in 2013 and is under contract until 2018.

That would delay any deal still further, and Town could well explore other options.

Rajiv van La Parra, who arrived on loan from Wolves last season, has been signed in a £750,000 deal.

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Wagner has other existing forwards in Harry Bunn, Joe Lolley and Sean Scannell.

But he’s keen to add others ahead of the new Championship campaign.