Back in the summer, Chris Hughton was desperate to bring Emiliano Marcondes to Nottingham Forest on a free transfer from Brentford.

The Reds found attracting players difficult in the summer in the post-pandemic era, with clubs with parachute payments to play with typically holding the aces.

Those factors contributed to Forest missing out on the Danish performer. He signed for Bournemouth instead and is enjoying a steady campaign.

Bournemouth Training Session
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Marcondes would have been a useful addition to the Reds’ ranks. Signing attacking players proved hard to come by for Forest and subsequently, they had a tough start.

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Brentford chose not to give the 26-year-old a new contract at the end of last season. As a result, he was one of the most sought-after free transfers at Championship level of the summer.

The former Bees star has struggled for starting berths. Scott Parker has used him in the starting eleven just seven times this season, with the player scoring five goals and claiming one assist.

Marcondes has proved a versatile performer. He has been used as a midfielder, as a number 10 and on both flanks during the campaign.

Last weekend, he got an 11-minute cameo and was on hand to set up one of the goals in a 2-1 win at Blackpool.

Next up is Forest and it will be interesting to see if the Dane is on the team sheet come 6:45 tomorrow night.

Forest will hope failed Marcondes move doesn’t come back to haunt them

The Reds will have to monitor Marcondes when they arrive at Bournemouth for tomorrow’s game.

Even if the Cherries choose to leave him on the bench, they will still need to keep a careful eye on him if he does make it onto the pitch.

Forest would have dearly loved to sign Marcondes during the summer transfer window.

Forest Marcondes
(Photo; Robin Jones; AFC Bournemouth; AFC Bournemouth; Getty Images)
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His versatility would have complimented the squad nicely but ultimately he choose Bournemouth; likely for a higher salary.

Forest will hope they don’t live to regret not trying harder to sign the talented performer.

As a result, the Reds would dearly like to show Marcondes exactly what he’s missing out on by claiming a big win at the Vitality Stadium.

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