Nottingham Forest are busy trying to sign new players for their Premier League campaign but Philip Zinckernagel could prove to be one that got away.
The Reds chose not to sign the Dane on a permanent deal. Evangelos Marinakis didn’t let him get away though, adding him to the Olympiacos squad ahead of next season.
Zinckernagel was an integral part of Forest’s promotion-winning team. He fired seven goals and claimed 10 assists as the Reds claimed a place in the top flight.
The 27-year-old was available for around £3 million. Olympiacos chose not to delay their attempts to sign him and took him to Greece ahead of their Champions League campaign.
Forest clearly have bigger fish to fry this summer. Marinakis will show some serious ambition and back Steve Cooper with a host of new recruits ready to tackle the Premier League.
The Reds won’t just need regular starters, however. The squad is wafer-thin right now and some depth will also be required before the big kick-off at Newcastle.
At 27, Zinckernagel has several strong years ahead of him. He would have proved a useful addition from the bench and would have offered more than the out-of-sorts Joe Lolley and a raw Alex Mighten.
Forest will hope Zinckernagel isn’t one that got away
At £3 million, Zinckernagel would have been a steal. He can play in a number of positions and his work rate for the team was an unvalued attribute last season.
Forest’s loss is definitely Olympiacos’ gain and he will rival Joao Carvalho for the number 10 spot at the Greek champions.
There is an element that Zinckernagel pushed to move to Marinakis’ other club. They are in the Champions League and perhaps that kind of move won’t come around again.
The Dane fell in love with the Forest fan base though. He arrived in England determined to play in the Premier League and after missing out with Watford he might have fancied it with Forest.
Clearly, the Reds are going in search of some top talent this summer but Zinckernagel could prove a costly mistake on the part of Forest.