Nottingham Forest have been handed a blow in their quest to land Southampton striker Che Adams.
The Reds have been linked with a summer move for the hotshot but Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl has taken a defiant stance (Daily Echo).
It was reported in The Telegraph that Adams was a target for Forest and Championship rivals Leeds.
The man who signed for the Premier League outfit in the summer for £15 million (BBC) has found game time hard to come by. He has started just eight times and has registered just one assist.
With the transfer window now happen Hasenhuttl has appeared to pour cold water on any potential departure.
He told the Daily Echo: “I wouldn’t consider loaning him out, I need every player, especially in an attacking position as we don’t have many.”
It does represent a blow for Forest but all is not lost.
The club will have an extensive list of targets to choose from and it will be merely a case of pursuing another option.
Adams would have been a tremendous signing but it was always a long shot given that he has started featuring lately.
The striker scored 22 goals for Birmingham in the Championship last season and he would have been a coup for any second-tier club.
He earned himself a £50,000-a-week contract at St Mary’s (Birmingham Mail) but has struggled to make an impression.
Forest are in need of a striker as competition for Lewis Grabban. The 31-year-old has 14 goals this season but is currently the only proven goalscorer at the club.
Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray have also been loosely linked with moves to the City Ground and they could both be pursued before the month is out.
Another option is to attack the European market. Samba Sow, Brice Samba and Tiago Silva were all signed in the summer and have proved roaring successes.
There is also a chance that Southampton might land an attacker of their own. If that was to be the case then Adams could become available once more.
For now, however, the 23-year-old will be placed on the backburner by Forest.