Jack Colback says he will not make a decision over his Nottingham Forest future until the end of the season, but does admit: "It is nice to be wanted".
Aitor Karanka is keen to keep the midfielder at the City Ground beyond the end of his loan spell – while numerous players in the Reds squad have also voiced their desire to see the Newcastle United man stay permanently, including Ben Watson and Danny Fox.
And Colback admits he has been rejuvenated by his time with Forest, after finding himself frozen out completely under Rafa Benitez, in the first half of the season.
But, while he is enjoying his football under Karanka – and is convinced the Reds will challenge for promotion under his guidance next season – Colback will ponder his options once the season is finished.
Forest are almost certain to make a move for the midfielder – but are equally likely to face plenty of competition, probably from clubs in the Premier League.
“It is nice to be wanted; it is nice to hear that you are,” said Colback. “Nottingham Forest is a massive club and it has great potential here. I am really enjoying it here.
“But I am honestly not looking too far ahead at the minute. A lot can change in football overnight.
“I am just focusing on the last few games and doing my best for Forest in those eight matches. Then we will see."
But he will be holding out for an offer from a Premiership club.