During the summer transfer window, it emerged that Yuma Suzuki rejected the chance to join Nottingham Forest.
The Japanese striker was playing for Sint-Truidense and after a £4 million bid had been accepted, a move to the City Ground seemed on the cards.
Suzuki had other ideas though. He clearly had his heart set on a move back to his homeland and in January signed a two-year deal with Kashima Antlers.
The J-League outfit are one of the big-hitters in the J-League and it’s the club where Sint-Truidense signed him from in the first place.
In total, he has made 152 appearances for the Japanese giants and his latest came as recently as yesterday.
Suzuki made his second debut for the club and capped it in typically emphatic style.
The 25-year-old scored as Kashima defeated Gamba Osaka 3-1 on their travels.
Prior to his move to Japan, he had endured a frustrating campaign. He scored just twice for Sint-Truidense and spent some time out injured.
As a result, Forest won’t have been too bothered they missed out on Suzuki. He may have struggled to adapt to English football and that wouldn’t have boded well.
Suzuki is likely to have been a Dane Murphy target. He ticks a lot of the boxes that he looks for in a player and clearly, he fancied him at Forest.
Forest are unlikely to regret Suzuki transfer failure
Signing Suzuki would have represented something of a risk from a Forest perspective.
Last season was a good one for the striker. He scored 17 goals in 34 appearances and naturally, that saw him catch the eye.
Suzuki isn’t at a bad age but he’d have likely signed as a backup option to Lewis Grabban and that wouldn’t have helped him to settle in.
Clearly, the player fancied moving back to Japan at the first opportunity and he sealed that move in January.
Forest have now moved on and it seems they were perhaps wise to do so.