Nottingham Forest wanted Cheick Doucoure and Amadou Onana before both joined other Premier League clubs.
Forest racked up signing after signing over the summer, attracting plenty of attention along the way.
This kind of rebuild has rarely been seen, but especially after promotion from the Championship to the Premier League.
Forest spent big on the likes of Morgan Gibbs-White, Neco Williams and Emmanuel Dennis whilst also securing a big free agent in Jesse Lingard.
But what about the players Forest missed out on? There are many names who fit that description, with Doucoure and Onana just two of them…
Nottingham Forest wanted Cheick Doucoure and Amadou Onana.
The Athletic report that Forest held a real interest in signing Doucoure from Lens and Onana from Lille.
However, Forest lost out to Crystal Palace with Patrick Vieira pouncing to sign Doucoure to bolster his Selhurst Park side.
Palace struck a deal worth a total of £22million, which is formed of £18million plus add-ons.
Doucoure talked up the influence of Vieira in his decision to join Palace, seemingly making it clear that the Eagles were his priority when leaving Lens.
Doucoure, 22, became a star in France with Lens and has already shown enormous potential in the early weeks of his Palace career.
As for Onana, it’s suggested that Forest had him ‘prominent’ in their thinking but backed away when they realised how much a deal would cost.
Everton ended up signing the Belgian in a huge £32million deal, beating West Ham United to his signature.
Onana is now starting regularly for Everton and enjoyed another strong outing in Saturday’s 0-0 draw against Liverpool.
Forest did end up bolstering their midfield with a raft of signings as Lewis O’Brien, Remo Freuler, Cheikhou Kouyate and Orel Mangala all arrived.
Rather than splash out big money on Doucoure or Onana, Forest instead decided to bring in four players and save their big signing for Morgan Gibbs-White.
Doucoure and Onana are making big impacts in the Premier League and whilst O’Brien has shown promising signs for Forest, Steve Cooper now has to cope that others can step up and shine in Forest’s midfield.