Striker Cyriel Dessers has told Sports Nieuws about how he almost became a Nottingham Forest player during the summer transfer window.
The Belgian completed a move to Feyenoord from Genk in the summer, checking in at the Dutch giants on a season-long loan.
There is a clause in the deal that allowed Feyenoord to keep the 26-year-old in a permanent deal beyond the end of this season too.
Dessers has made a pretty good start to life in the Eredivisie. He has found the net five times in 12 appearances and also helped himself to one assist.
Things could have been different though, with the player claiming that Forest made a late attempt to take him on loan.
He told Sports Nieuws: “Transfer deadline day was the craziest of my life. I left for Madrid at 6 in the morning, with the idea of signing with Leganes. But at the gate, we received a phone call from several clubs.
“Antwerp, Nottingham Forest, Feyenoord. In the end, we got on a plane. During the flight, you have no idea for two-and-a-half hours which team you will play for the next day.
“After landing we sat down on a bench in front of the airport and reached an agreement with Feyenoord and I signed my contract in the lobby of a hotel in Madrid.
“Everyone says you shouldn’t choose the money, but when those numbers are in front of you, it works a little differently. I received one offer from Japan, it was mega!”
Different option: Forest might have welcomed Dessers
The man with one cap for Nigeria, his adopted country, Dessers would have given Forest a different option to their attack.
Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor are both strikers that come alive in the penalty area.
Dessers is different and he is capable of bringing others into play and winning aerial balls.
At 26, the striker has plenty of years ahead of him and as a talisman, he’s not yet reached the peak of his powers.
This could prove one that got away for the Reds.