Nottingham Forest were firmly in the mix to sign Watford midfielder Domingos Quina during the transfer window, according to The Athletic. The player eventually signed for Fulham alongside Hornets teammate Nathaniel Chalobah.
Forest were among a clutch of clubs keen to land the 21-year-old. Southampton, Swansea, Bournemouth and Lille were all keen to sign the player prior to the deadline.
The Reds did manage to get themselves a central midfielder. Braian Ojeda checked in from Olimpia, whilst James Garner was added to the ranks earlier in the window.
Quina was formerly in the youth ranks with both Chelsea and West Ham. He moved to Watford in 2018 and has also spent a season out on loan with Granada in La Liga.
His spell with the Spaniards wasn’t overly successful. He scored twice in eight appearances, struggling to earn a regular run in the team during his season-long stint.
Quina can operate in a number of positions. He primarily plays central midfielder, but he can be used as a number 10, or as a wide midfielder if called upon.
Last season he made 14 appearances for the Hornets, scoring once before heading to Spain for the second half of the campaign.
Would Forest fans have welcomed Quina at the club?
Probably not. Plenty of Forest fans seem bogged down with statistics to prove everything right now and it’s fair to say Quina still has a lot to prove.
The fact he has gone to Fulham is telling though. They have made a blistering start to their season and clearly, Marco Silva sees something in the youngster.
Quina earns £8,000-a-week and he wouldn’t have been an expensive option for the Reds. Instead, the club opted for the permanent capture of Ojeda and the hope will be that he can star at the City Ground.
Forest will monitor Quina closely having missed out on him. It’s fair to say that he probably wasn’t the right fit for Forest in their current predicament, however.