Sam Surridge's transfer situation at Nottingham Forest following ‘interest’ from Sunderland and Burnley

Nottingham Forest striker Sam Surridge could stay at the City Ground this month – despite his lack of game time and interest from other clubs.

The 24-year-old has made 11 Premier League appearances this season, including just one start, after helping the club win promotion to the top flight last year.

Sunderland and Burnley are said to be interested in a January move for the forward, yet The Athletic have claimed Surridge would prefer to stay at Forest this month.

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The report goes on to say Forest’s sister club Olympiacos have also pondered a move for the striker, along with Sunderland and Burnley.

Sam Surridge playing for Nottingham Forest against Newcastle United. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

Forest are said to want another striker in January, which could lead to Surridge or summer signing Emmanuel Dennis leaving the club.

Both players started Forest’s 4-1 FA Cup defeat at Blackpool, after visiting boss Steve Cooper made 11 changes to his side.

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Surridge is still rated highly by Cooper, though, with the Forest boss saying before the game: “We know what Sam gives us. He would like to start more games but what he is doing is keeping his head down, working hard and staying ready,”

“We love Sam. He is so popular around the training ground. He is a fantastic professional. He is what you see. Everyone is really fond of him. The fans will know how important he has been for us. We really enjoy working with Sam. We enjoy having him here.”

Surridge signed for Forest from Stoke in January last year and scored seven Championship goals in 20 appearances as the club were promoted via the play-offs.