Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter is set for a January loan move to Championship outfit Nottingham Forest, reports ESPN.
The 20-year-old is highly thought of at Chelsea and is one of the few who has come through the ranks at the Bridge. His development was rewarded when he featured in the closing stages of a 4-0 victory away to Aston Villa in April 2016 under interim head coach, Guus Hiddink.
Clarke-Salter spent last season on loan at Bristol Rovers alongside teammate Charlie Colkett. He made twelve appearances that season and scored one goal – in a 2-0 victory against Oldham Athletic. His development was hindered when he fractured his arm but made a successful recovery before the end of the 2016-17 season
Clarke-Salter signed a four-year contract during pre-season and a loan offer from Norwich was rejected in the summer due to a lack of squad depth. The England under-20 international has only made one appearance this season, coincidentally against Nottingham Forest in the Carabao Cup. He does not appear to be in Conte’s plans so a move to Forest will benefit his development and under an astute manager such as Mark Warburton, the move seems quite appropriate.
Norwich remain also interested in the 20-year-old so a move to Forest, albeit likely, is not completed.