Nottingham Forest came close to landing Bordeaux striker Josh Maja during the summer.
The Reds were close to signing the ex-Sunderland man before a deal fell through on transfer deadline day.
That sparked speculation over why it might have gone south at such an advanced stage.
Forest were thought to have agreed to a £4 million deal to sign the talented striker with personal terms to be discussed.
When it was announced that it’d fallen through, there was some angst among the fan base.
Some speculated that it was the club who had botched things up; although it seems that wasn’t the case.
Ultimately, it might have proved to be a good thing that Maja didn’t end up at Forest.
It would see as though the youngster has failed to shake off a back problem and he’s yet to make an appearance during 2021/22.
Some sources did claim that he’d failed a medical when the Forest move was called off.
As a result, the fact he’s still struggling with a bad back could suggest that wasn’t too far from the truth.
Maja moved to Bordeaux in January 2019 and has made 48 appearances for the club, scoring 11 goals.
Last season he enjoyed a short spell with Fulham, making 15 appearances in the Premier League and bagging three times.
Should Forest return for Maja in January?
His potential signing was met with glee among the fan base during the summer.
Many Forest fans believed he’d fit the ethos of the type of player that CEO Dane Murphy wants at the club.
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It would see a weird signing on the face of things right now though.
Although Maja is a talented player with bags of potential, it would be a risk to place faith in a player who is yet to kick a ball this season during a January transfer window.
Maja might be one for Forest to pick up in the summer.
For now though, the Reds are better off steering clear of the man they failed to sign in the summer.