Nottingham Forest were offered Marcus Forss as part of a deal that would see Brentford sign Brennan Johnson in January.
The Reds stood firm though and managed to keep hold of their prized matchwinner last month, leaving the Bees disappointed.
Forest are still facing a fight to keep hold of Johnson. In the summer, he will have just one year remaining on his contract and the club faces a decision.
Forss was sent on loan to Hull City after Forest had rejected their offer of sending the Finnish striker to the City Ground.
On Saturday, he scored his first goal for the Tigers during a 1-1 draw against top-six hopefuls QPR.
It was a good moment for Forss to get off the mark and he will now hope to kick on and help Hull climb the Championship table.
The youngster has four years to run on his contract and ultimately he is rated extremely highly by Brentford.
That said, they were willing to let Forest take him if it meant signing Johnson and perhaps his future seems uncertain.
Forss has 11 caps for the Finland national team and was part of their squad for last summer’s Euro 2020.
Forest should return for Forss in the summer
The Reds could see their striking options strengthened in the summer.
Lewis Grabban is now 34, Lyle Taylor’s future looks to be elsewhere and Keinan Davis will almost certainly return to Aston Villa after his loan.
As a result, a move to sign a younger striker looks likely and Forss might be ideal.
At 22-years-old, he has bags of time on his side to unearth his potential. With that in mind, if Forest sign him he could be a mainstay for years to come.
Forss would be ideal for Steve Cooper’s set up and if he finishes the season with a flourish, Forest should declare their summer interest.