Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on West Ham defender Emmanuel Longelo, according to The Athletic.
The Hammers look set to keep the youngster who has one year to run on his existing deal.
QPR have seen two bids for Longelo rejected already this summer; with Forest, Rangers and Bournemouth all interested.
Longelo was first linked with a move away from West Ham in January.
Forest tried to sign the player five months ago but their six-figure bid was rejected as unacceptable.
Longelo made his West Ham debut last season during a 1-0 defeat against Dinamo Zagreb in the Europa League.
The 21-year-old was a regular for the Hammers’ under-23 outfit last term, scoring once and claiming five assists in 18 appearances.
Given that he hardly featured in the first-team picture it’s somewhat surprising that West Ham want to keep him.
Given his age, he must surely be craving regular football but West Ham apparently want to keep him around as competition.
It had been claimed last week that Rangers were favourites for his signature.
Giovanni van Bronckhorst was thought to have won the race to sign him but West Ham have had a change of heart.
Forest to miss out on Longelo and it’s back to the drawing board
Steve Cooper won’t want to be utilising square pegs in round holes next season and he must get a left-back sorted.
Forest are in the big league next season and surely the club has something up its sleeve for the void.
Max Lowe has returned to Sheffield United, whilst Jack Colback was viewed as a makeshift option during 2021/22.
Now, the Reds have a problem to solve and Longelo might have proved a useful addition.
The youngster might have been a useful squad player, although a more experienced option will likely be sought to play regularly.
Longelo is unlikely to have been high on the list of targets but he might have been a good option to call upon during a long campaign.
Now, it’s back to the drawing board. Forest have to sign two left-backs before the end of the transfer window.