Cyriel Dessers was linked with a move to Nottingham Forest last summer but he eventually opted to sign for Feyenoord on loan from Genk.

He could be available again this summer but on Thursday he perhaps etched his name into Feyenoord folklore.

Dessers was on hand to score twice as the Dutch giants reached the semi-final of the inaugural Europa Conference League.

After a 3-3 draw on home soil, the Eredivisie outfit faced a tough-looking away trip to Slavia Prague.

Feyenoord were brilliant though and two Dessers goals helped the team secure a 3-1 win to set up a last-four clash against Marseille.

Slavia Praha v Feyenoord: Quarter Final Leg Two - UEFA Europa Conference League
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The 27-year-old was linked with a move to the Reds during the summer transfer window when Chris Hughton was at the club.

Dane Murphy was keen to add a striker to the ranks and Dessers was one player being looked at.

The player who was born in Belgium had lots of offers on the table but ultimately chose to sign for Feyenoord.

He’s enjoyed a sound campaign in Holland scoring 16 times in all competitions and also registering six assists.

Will Forest return for Dessers in the summer?

At 27, he’s not a player that ties in with Murphy’s mantra of not paying transfer fees out for players over the age of 26.

With that in mind, it could be a deal that Forest choose not to do with other irons in the fire at the moment.

Still, Dessers has enjoyed a fantastic season and given his goal haul, he certainly won’t be short of offers.

Slavia Praha v Feyenoord: Quarter Final Leg Two - UEFA Europa Conference League
(Photo; Geert van Erven; BSR Agency; Getty Images)

The Forest linked striker is a real menace of a centre forward and he could yet lift silverware in the Europa Conference League.

It does seem, however, as though the ship has sailed with regards to Dessers joining Forest.

Other clubs across Europe will provide more lucrative deals and perhaps Forest have a younger striker in mind to replace Lewis Grabban.

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