Back in 2019, it was reported that former Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi was keen to sign Jota who is now at Celtic.

Two years down the line it looks like a massive mistake not to sign the Benfica youngster.

Forest were reportedly offered the Portuguese talent, with the Reds close to super-agent Jorge Mendes at the time.

Jota was thought to be worth around £25 million at the time, a release clause that Forest would never have been able to match.

A loan was thought to be in the offing though, with a deal on the table over a permanent move if promotion was secured.


Forest Jota
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Fast forward a year and Jota signed for Celtic. Ange Postecoglou pulled off the coup and now Forest will wonder what might have been.

According to the Daily Record, Postecoglou is preparing to activate a £6.5 million agreement during the January transfer window.

Jota has been a revelation in Scotland. The 22-year-old has scored six goals and claimed six assists, looking at home on the left-hand side.

Postecoglou originally took the player on loan for the season but it seems he’s already got a desire to make the move permanent.

Now, all Forest can do is wonder what might have been had they landed the flamboyant performer.

Exciting: Jota might have thrived in the Championship with Forest

Forest could have done with Jota during the season in which Sabri Lamouchi was in charge of the club.

The Reds played largely on the counter and having the youngster in the squad might have stopped a failure to reach the play-offs.

Forest Jota
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Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing. Forest might have landed him and he simply wasn’t cut out for the Championship.

It’s interesting that he’s thriving under regular first-team football at Celtic though and clearly, he’s a confidence player.

Forest may look at Jota and his current form with envy though and the youngster goes down as one that perhaps got away.

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