Sint-Truiden striker Yuma Suzuki rejected the chance to join Nottingham Forest during the summer, according to Sport Magazine.
The striker was up for sale during the transfer window. The Belgian top-flight outfit were keen to cash in, although the player rejected advances to move.
Now, it seems as though the 25-year-old was somewhat fussy when it came to his destination. The report claims that the Japanese performer only held a desire to leave if it meant heading to a top division.
Forest have Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor as their current striker options. In the summer, however, the club were keen to add another forward player to their ranks.
Suzuki had been identified and Forest were prepared to pay £4 million for the striker. Anderlecht also saw a bid accepted, although he turned Vincent Kompany down too.
During 2020/21, Suzuki caught the eye by scoring 17 goals and claiming four assists, despite a season of struggle for Sint-Truiden.
He joined the Belgian club from Japanese outfit Kashima Antlers. There he found the net 51 times from 151 appearances.
Now the club have claimed that it was Suzuki who blocked the summer departure. He was geared up to leave but wasn’t happy with the lack of an offer from what he considers a top league.
Will Forest return for Suzuki in January?
It does seem somewhat pointless at this stage. The striker has already said that he’d rather play in a top league and right now, Forest are a Championship club.
At £4 million the player might represent something of a risk too. He’s never played in England and that would come with an element of uncertainty.
Suzuki had his chance to join the Reds and didn’t take it. Now, the Reds might be better off switching their focus elsewhere.
He has found the net just once this season and with Grabban bang in form, it’s unlikely he would feature too much anyway.