He has made just four starts in all competitions this term and the Daily Mirror report that the Trotters are plotting a loan swoop.
Clough is annoyed by his lack of action and said: “I have not been on the pitch as much as I would have liked and it has been hard.”
Forest boss Mark Warburton has also admitted the Manchester-born starlet is “frustrated” by his limited appearances.
“I am never going to tell you the team, but Zach Clough is a very talented player who is suffering at the moment because of the form of Kieran Dowell,” he said. “That is me being brutally honest.
“Zach trains really well every single day and he is getting stronger and fitter. I am delighted with his quality. I have no hesitation about playing Zach Clough, at all.
“We have said to his face and we will say it again, when his opportunity comes along I have no doubt about his quality at all. But right now it is Kieran Dowell, who is playing way above the level – consistently – than anyone would have imagined.
“He has done really, really well, Kieran. But Zach trains well every single day.
“He is frustrated and disappointed, but his attitude is really first class.”
Bolton, plagued by cash problems, achieved promotion from League One last term, despite selling Clough to Forest midway through the campaign.
When asked if he felt Clough’s sale has worked out better for Bolton, boss Phil Parkinson said: “You’d have to ask Zach for his opinion on that.
“He’ll have got a terrific contract there first and foremost but it’s not all about money for Zach because he loves his football.
“Players want to play and he hasn’t played as much as he wanted so I don’t know his thoughts on it.
“Zach has gone to a club where they’ve got a lot of players who are similar to him, similar technical players so he’s struggled to break into the team, so he’ll probably be a bit frustrated by that but he’s a lad who’s come through the academy and I enjoyed working with him during his time here.
“As everyone knows we sold him because we needed the money at the time.
“We were pleased we were able to push on and we’ve always kept an eye on his progress.”
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