Nottingham Forest weren’t able to get a January deal done for West Ham United talent Emmanuel Longelo because of a back injury.

That’s according to The Athletic, who claim that Longelo’s back injury ruined the prospect of moves to a host of clubs.

It’s stated that Wycombe Wanderers, Ipswich Town and Peterborough United were all fighting Forest for Longelo, but all were left disappointed.

The report suggests that Longelo would have been moving out on loan rather than permanently – despite an alleged cash bid from Forest.

Claret and Hugh reported in January that Forest had offered £400,000 for Longelo – some way short of the £1million West Ham wanted.

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Forest didn’t bridge that gap and Longelo will now see out the season at West Ham, hopefully returning from injury soon.

Longelo, 21, has been coming up through the West Ham ranks and has made two first-team appearances.

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Primarily a left back, Longelo has been described as ‘rapid’ and ‘adventurous’ on West Ham’s official website having converted from playing as a forward to a left back.

Contracted until 2023 – and West Ham have a one-year option on that deal – Longelo will seemingly cost seven figures.

Max Lowe is only on loan at Forest, and Steve Cooper may view Longelo as a longer-term solution at left wing back.

Longelo may be a name to keep an eye on for the summer window, with Forest unable to get a deal done in January.

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