A report in France has claimed that Nottingham Forest were ready to sign striker Nuno Da Costa earlier this month.
French outlet DNA reports that the Strasbourg talisman was all set to join the Reds but a knee injury scuppered the deal.
Da Costa is a lively frontman who likes to play on the last man but his goal tally hasn’t been great this season.
The 28-year-old has scored just twice in France this season with his team currently sat in 12th place.
A Cape Verde international, Da Costa has three caps for his country, scoring a solitary goal against Sao Tome and Principe in 2016.
In 87 appearances for Strasbourg, he has netted just 17 goals and registered nine assists.
As a result, his arrival at the City Ground would have probably been seen as a disappointing addition in the eyes of the club’s supporters.
Forest are currently fifth in the Championship and boss Sabri Lamouchi is hoping to strengthen his team ahead of a final push.
A striker is badly needed. Lewis Grabban is clearly the first choice talisman but backup is required.
Rafa Mir has gone to Huesca after a miserable spell at Forest and Tyler Walker is currently on loan at Lincoln City.
Lamouchi and the recruitment team will be meticulous in their efforts to sign a striker and it seems unlikely they will buy for the sake of it.
Signing Da Costa as a backup for Grabban would have been viewed as a poor recruit. His goalscoring record isn’t great and with no Championship experience, it would have been an almighty risk.
With names such as Dwight Gayle, Che Adams and Glenn Murray being mentioned as potential signings, to land an unknown foreign import would be a kick in the teeth for supporters.
Forest are closer to promotion than they have been for many years and they need to grasp this opportunity.
Players of Da Costa’s ilk simply won’t do this month.