Nottingham Forest have been dealt another setback in their attempts to sign a striker this summer.

Sportske are claiming that Croatian striker Sandro Kulenovic has rejected the chance to move to the City Ground this summer.

The report claims that Forest have been monitoring the talisman for three years. The Reds had made a loan bid for the player, with an option to buy him next summer.

Kulenovic has no desire apparently to come to England and for Forest, it’s now a case of back to the drawing board as they look to land a new striker.

Portugal v Croatia - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Kulenovic has been linked to Forest; Photo; Marcio Machado; Getty Images)

The 21-year-old featured for the Croatia under-21 team that reached the quarter-finals of this year’s European Championships.

He has fallen way down the pecking order at Dinamo Zagreb and was sent on loan to HNK Rijeka during 2020/21.

Kulenovic enjoyed a pretty decent season, scoring eight goals and claiming six assists for his temporary club.

At 21 he has bags of potential and he might have fit the mould nicely of what Forest were looking for.

 

The club were thought to have made a bid of £2.5 million for the player. Now, it looks as though Kulenovic has scuppered the deal.

Future star: Blow for Forest over Kulenovic

It has to be said there isn’t a lot that can be done if the player doesn’t really want to come and play in England.

Forest have clearly taken the club’s demands into consideration and it had seemed as though the stars were aligning.

Sadly, Kulenovic has thrown a spanner in the works. Perhaps the 21-year-old has designs on getting into the team at Zagreb, with the international yet to get a fair crack.

Portugal v Croatia - 2021 UEFA European Under-21 Championship
Kulenovic in action for Croatia; Photo; Marko Lukunic; Pixsell; MB Media; Getty Images)

For Forest, this does represent a blow. They’d have welcomed a player with such potential for certain.

The Reds desperately need some younger legs in their attack. Both Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are in their thirties and younger blood is required.

Time is ticking for Forest to land themselves a striker ahead of the big kick-off. It now seems certain that the new man won’t be Kulenovic.

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