By Joe Ellis

22nd Aug, 2022 | 2:56pm

Nottingham Forest starlet Alex Mighten wanted in Hearts loan - report

Nottingham Forest are looking to loan out their starlet winger Alex Mighten and Hearts have made their presence known, according to Football Scotland.

The 20-year-old played his part from the bench last season as the Reds were promoted from the Championship but Steve Cooper has added a lot of new players to his squad over the summer.

That has left Mighten without a regular place in the squad and Hearts are now hoping to strike a deal to loan the lightning-quick winger before their Europa League playoff second leg against FC Zurich on Thursday.

Robbie Neilson has a list of options to select from but has chosen the Forest youngster as his main priority to bring in on loan after their 2-0 defeat against Celtic on Sunday (21 August).

Forest are currently thought to be delaying the move being completed as they are in disagreement with the Scottish Premiership side over wage contributions during the proposed loan.

Brilliant move

For Cooper and Nottingham Forest, they could not have come up with a better place for Mighten to spend the season out on loan and they really have to forget their difference in wage contributions.

There is the opportunity to get experience in a team which is expected to beat most teams in the league but also are the big underdogs when the Old Firm come to town with the added spice of the Edinburgh derby with Hibernian too.

Everton’s Ellis Simms thrived north of the border last season and has started like a house on fire at Sunderland this time around which could easily happen with Migthen at the City Ground.

The Jam Tarts will also have European football to play regardless of their result against Zurich which is not something that will be on offer anytime soon at Forest.

Unless finances are tight, the club have to just accept whatever proposal Hearts have put forward and get their young flyer some much-needed experience.

In other Nottingham Forest news, Ian Wright and Jermain Defoe have been waxing lyrical over the youngster keeping Mighten out of the side.