Nottingham Forest missed out on a deadline day deal for Sint-Truiden striker Yuma Suzuki – and he has now had to grovel a little.
Takehiro Tomiyasu has made a strong first impact at Arsenal. Kyogo Furuhashi has quickly become a Celtic hero.
Forest almost had a Japanese signing of their own having targeted a deal for Suzuki. Sadly, it just didn’t happen.
Journalist Sacha Tavolieri claimed that Forest did agree a fee to sign Suzuki before the transfer deadline.
Suzuki rejected the move, leaving Forest without a new striker signing on deadline day.
The 25-year-old was pushing to leave Sint-Truiden. It just seems that he didn’t fancy a move to Forest if that was his only option.
Forest had a strong end to the transfer window, but attracting players can still be a problem. Forest haven’t won a single league game yet this season.
Suzuki smashed 17 goals in Belgium last season, starring for Sint-Truiden.
The Japanese star is a strong penalty box finisher and is particularly impressive in the air. He would have offered a young option alongside Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor, but Suzuki seemingly feels he can do better than Forest.
Now, Sint-Truiden boss Bernd Hollerbach has told Het Nieuwsblad in Belgium that Suzuki has apologised after trying to force a transfer.
Hollerbach added that he is giving Suzuki a second chance, even if fans aren’t impressed with him wanting to leave and then rejecting Forest.
“Yuma apologised to me and to the group,” said Hollerbach . “That’s the end of it for me. Everyone deserves a second chance, including Suzuki. He works hard in training and he wants to help the team. He’s come a long way, but he’s making progress,” he added.