Nottingham Forest made a last-gasp bid for Bristol City striker Antoine Semenyo, with Celtic also in the mix to try and sign the youngster.
For the Reds and the Hoops, the chances of signing Semenyo appear to be relatively slim.
Transfer guru Dean Jones has told Give Me Sport that Celtic have been told to forget signing the £20m-rated star after sending a scout to watch him.
Semenyo is enjoying a sound season. Despite a season of struggle for the Robins, he has scored six goals and registered eight assists.
On Saturday, he scored and set the other up as Nigel Pearson’s team claimed a shock victory against Middlesbrough.
This weekend he will give Forest fans a small glimpse of exactly why the club wanted to sign him when the Reds welcome Bristol City.
Similarly to Brennan Johnson, Semenyo’s contract leaves the Robins in a perilous situation. His current deal expires in 2023 and that represents a concern.
Semenyo has come through the youth ranks at Ashton Gate. He’s become a firm fan favourite and naturally, the club want to receive top whack.
Celtic would be able to offer European football and the platform to kick-start his career but it seems unlikely they’ll part with £20 million for a Championship player.
Forest hopes of signing Semenyo all but over
Winning promotion might tempt Forest back into the race to sign him but right now, it seems unlikely they’ll swoop.
Semenyo is a powerful striker and some of his goals this season have showcased just how strong the player can be.
He, of course, would represent a quality signing for Forest and he ticks pretty much all of the boxes for a Dane Murphy signing.
A move looks unlikely though. The Reds won’t be parting with £20 million and it’s no surprise that Bristol City rejected Forest’s deadline day advances.