Nottingham Forest signed 12 new players during the summer transfer window with the club proving extremely pro-active in the market.

The Reds were keen to give boss Sabri Lamouchi every possible chance of success and bolstered his ranks accordingly.

There were, of course, some players who were rumoured with a move to Forest, that didn’t get over the line.

One of those was Real Mallorca defender Antonio Raillo. The Spaniard was interesting Forest’s recruitment team for a second time having nearly signed the previous season, according to El Mundo Deportivo.

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Some quotes in AS had indicated that Raillo had been forced to make a decision previously on a move to Forest.

He said: “It was a very good opportunity but nobody will be able to say that I threw in the towel and didn’t give everything for the club.”

The 27-year-old has a minimum fee release clause of £3.5 million (El Mundo Deportiv0), and just four games into the new campaign he may well be wishing he had moved to England.

After starting Mallorca’s first four games back in La Liga, he has failed to make the squad for the three most recent games and now faces a battle to regain his place in the team.


Forest did cast their net into the Spanish market to land left-sided defender Chema Rodriguez from Levante during the transfer window.

The Spaniard has featured sparingly so far for the Reds. He did, however, play for over an hour against Stoke and the full 90 minutes against Arsenal in the Carabao Cup.

Raillo could well be casting an envious glance towards Rodriguez given that he appears well down the pecking order at Mallorca.

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The enforcer would have matched Lamouchi’s criteria of wanting a left-sided centre-back. On the face of things, he could have proved a decent addition for the Reds.


Forest were right to move on with other targets though. Raillo made his choice to stick with the newly-promoted La Liga side and he must now live with that decision.

The Reds now boast a plethora of options in central defence and it seems unlikely that they will be in the market for another one any time soon. Michael Dawson could well retire in the summer but that would still leave Joe Worrall, Tobias Figueiredo, Rodriguez and Alex Milosevic at the club.

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Forest are unbeaten in nine Championship games; whilst Mallorca haven’t won since the opening day of the season.

Raillo could well earn his place back in the team at some point, but his decision to decline the advances of Forest is now looking like a very foolish one.

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