Former Nottingham Forest defender Anel Ahmedhodzic was linked with Manchester United and Chelsea back in March. Yesterday, he finally hooked himself up with a new club, joining Bordeaux in Ligue 1 on loan.

The former academy graduate left the City Ground in 2019. He was keen to return home and left Forest having made just one appearance as a substitute in a 3-1 defeat away at Newcastle.

Ahmedhodzic was tipped for big things. He was rated highly by Gary Brazil and his staff but ultimately it was the player who wanted to head back to Sweden.

At Malmo he’s set about establishing himself as one of European football’s top defenders. Both United and Chelsea were weighing up moves for the 6ft 3in centre-back (The Sun).

That never transpired though. For whatever reason, both clubs chose to avoid signing a central defender and the 22-year-old has instead gone to Bordeaux.

Interestingly, the Ligue 1 outfit were trying to sign Phil Jones from United. They preferred Ahmedhodzic though and it’ll be interesting to see how he does in a decent European league.

The Bosnia international leaves Malmo having made 82 appearances for the Swedish giants, scoring three goals.

Regrets: Ahmedhodzic might wonder what might have been at Forest

With every respect in the world, Bordeaux aren’t quite Chelsea or Manchester United. Now, it will be very intriguing to see how Ahmedhodzic gets on at his new club.

The Swedish born defender might look back on his time at Forest with some regret. He chose to leave at a time when the club were signing random foreign imports left, right and centre.

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Now, the recruitment is far savvier and in Steve Cooper, the first team has a head coach willing to utilise the club’s youngsters.

That could have opened a door for Ahmedhodzic and he may look back on his time at Forest with some angst.

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