Reported Nottingham Forest target Renaud Emond put an end to speculation surrounding his future by signing for Nantes this week.

The striker has signed for the Ligue 1 outfit for £3.5 million, according to Get French Football News.

Forest had been interested in signing the target man from Standard Liege prior to his switch to France.

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The report from Get French Football News has cleared up why Forest missed out on signing the energetic talisman.

It is claimed that the player’s agent Mogi Bayat, has a tremendous relationship with Nantes and that is why Emond was persuaded to opt for France over England.

The Reds are desperately scouring the market for another striker. Lewis Grabban has 14 goals this season but there is little in the way of competition.


Tyler Walker is out on loan, whilst Rafa Mir has struggled for confidence since joining from Wolves on a temporary deal.

Emond had scored seven goals in 20 appearances during the first half of the campaign.

It will remain to be seen whether Forest have missed a trick with the 28-year-old.

Given that lots of proven Championship performers have been linked with a move to the City Ground, it seems likely supporters will prefer that approach.

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Glenn Murray, Che Adams and Dwight Gayle have all been mentioned as potential Forest targets.

Emond would have been a different option to Grabban but there may have been a settling in period given his lack of experience in England.

Forest will go back to the drawing board in their quest for a striker but on the face of things, this doesn’t look like a bad deal to miss out on.

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