Nottingham Forest have this week been linked with a move for Olympiacos midfielder Kostas Fortounis – and that might intrigue West Ham supporters.
The midfielder was linked with a City Ground switch earlier this week by Greek news outlet ENWSI.
In June 2019, Fortounis could have been forgiven for eyeing up a move to the Premier League.
West Ham were desperately keen to sign the central midfielder and made concrete attempts to lure him to London.
A bid of £7 million was knocked back by Evangelos Marinakis but that didn’t stop the Hammers there.
They went back in with another bid, this time of £15 million for the maestro (SDNA).
That bid was also rejected and it did stop the Premier League club in their tracks.
After missing out on a move to England, disaster struck at the start of last season.
Fortounis ruptured a ligament in his knee and was ruled out for several months.
This season he has returned and picked up where he left off. The player who typically plays as a No.10 has scored four goals and claimed seven assists.
During 2018/19 he was the club captain for the Athens-based team and supporters of the Greek champions worship him.
An apparent falling out with boss Pedro Martins has now left his future in limbo – and that could open a door for Forest.
Does Fortounis to the City Ground look likely?
You have to say it seems like a real longshot.
Fortounis has been playing regularly this season and he’s doing well too.
He has 51 caps for his country and surely the chances of Forest doing a deal float somewhere around slim and none.
It has to be said that if it did come off, supporters should perhaps embrace his arrival.
West Ham have made some shrewd additions from overseas recently and they pushed hard to sign the 28-year-old.
That in itself could be a telling factor.