Former Nottingham Forest boss Dougie Freedman wanted to sign Johann Berg Gudmundsson prior to his sacking.

That’s according to ex-defender Matt Mills who has been speaking on his time at Forest to the Under the Cosh podcast.

Freedman spent 13 months in charge of Forest from February 2015 to March 2016. He left with a 33% win ratio and acted as a firefighter during his time on Trentside.

Forest were placed into a transfer embargo just months after Freedman had arrived in Nottingham.

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He was forced to sell Michail Antonio and Mills was one of several signings that he landed with little in the way of expense.

Despite a relatively decent season, Fawaz Al-Hasawi let his heart rule his head and chose to sack Freedman before the end of the season.

The decision was a strange one in the eyes of Mills and he’s claimed that one player, in particular, had been lined up for a move to Forest.

He told Under the Cosh: “I’d met Dougie in his office because I was captain, and he was talking about all the players he wanted to bring in – Gudmundsson, the winger who went to Burnley. He had all the players that he wanted to buy, and then they sacked him.”

Gudmundsson signed for the Clarets in 2016 following an impressive Euro 2016 in which Iceland defeated England.

He has made 153 appearances for Sean Dyche’s team, scoring nine goals and claiming 20 assists.

Gudmundsson would have been decent Forest signing

The £45,000-a-week Icelandic performer has proved himself to be an unsung hero in Dyche’s established Premier League team.

In fairness, Freedman always had an eye for a player.

Some fans will point to the fact that his football was hardly sparkling but he was dealt an awful hand during his time at Forest.

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Given the work he did to steady the ship, he perhaps deserved a chance to prove himself in the transfer market.

That wasn’t to be though and he was sacked probably prematurely.

It’s no surprise to see Freedman in place as the Crystal Palace director of football. He’s helped them sign some quality players to their squad and looks tailor-made for the role.

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