Nottingham Forest spent a lot of the summer busy adding new players to their squad, with boss Sabri Lamouchi eventually signing 12 new players ready for a potential push towards promotion.

Together with the recruitment team, the head coach looks to have added some serious talent to his ranks with several of the new additions already making a City Ground impact.

Some players did fall by the wayside, however. Alongside the 12 new recruits, numerous other players will have been among the club’s list of targets but for whatever reason didn’t come to fruition.

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One man who was thought to be among the club’s list of targets was Sam Byram who was deemed surplus to requirements by West Ham United in the summer.

A cruel knee injury curtailed his chances of playing more games on loan at Forest last season. He did, however, return for the last couple of months of the campaign and it was thought that the club would try to get him back.

The 26-year-old opted to sign for Norwich City instead. The right-back penned a four-year deal with the Premier League newcomers and cost the Canaries £750,000 (BBC Sport).


It was seen as a blow when Forest didn’t land the ex-Leeds man during the summer but his form at Norwich is hardly leaving the club’s supporters pining for his return any more.

He has played just 204 minutes so far this season and has been an unused substitute on six occasions during Norwich’s opening 10 league fixtures.

Meanwhile, Matty Cash is thriving in his new role as the makeshift right-back at Forest, with both Tendayi Darikwa and Carl Jenkinson currently out of action through injury.

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There would have been some serious concerns over Byram’s fitness record had Forest managed to sign the 25-year-old.

It would appear that the Reds have not rued their decision not to pursue the right-back and he already faces a fight to win a regular place in the Norwich team.

Poor career move?

Playing football should have been seen as paramount for Byram after his injury problems of recent seasons.

Few can argue the toss with a player who went to pursue a dream of playing Premier League football but with Max Aarons playing out of his skin at Carrow Road, his first-team hopes look miles away right now.

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Bizarrely had he signed for Forest he probably would be in the team. Darikwa’s injury would have opened the door and perhaps the player does hold some regrets over not holding out for a move to the City Ground.

According to Spotrac, Byram is paid £30,000-a-week at Norwich and on that basis, it seems clear that he prioritised the lure of a Premier League contract, over the chance to revive his career.

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