Nottingham Forest signed Renan Lodi but only after Newcastle United decided to back away from the race for the Atletico Madrid ace.

Forest were desperate to bolster their left wing back options over the summer given that loanee Max Lowe returned to Sheffield United.

Add in that last season’s left wing back Jack Colback is actually more of a midfielder and left wing back was a key position for Forest.

In came Omar Richards from Bayern Munich and then Harry Toffolo, who arrived from beaten Championship play-off finalists Huddersfield Town.

Yet when Richards suffered a hairline fracture in pre-season, Forest went back into the market for another left wing back.

Nottingham Forest signed Renan Lodi

The likes of Sergio Reguilon and Alex Moreno were linked before Forest pulled off a major coup.

Forest secured the signing of Atletico Madrid ace Renan Lodi in late August, taking the Brazilian on loan for the season.

Forest have paid £4.7million to take Lodi on loan with a £25million permanent option set up for next summer.

That’s a hugely exciting deal for Forest given that Manchester City explored a deal for Lodi last month according to The Telegraph.

City weren’t the only club interested though as The Athletic claim that Newcastle United also strongly considered signing Lodi.

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However, it’s suggested that there were two reasons why Newcastle backed away from the chase for Lodi.

Newcastle felt that the cost of a deal for Lodi would be a little too high, especially when they had a cheaper alternative lined up in Matt Targett.

Additionally, Newcastle were concerned about the potential time it would take Lodi to settle into life in the Premier League, so went with a proven option in Targett.

That decision cleared the way for Forest to swoop in and sign Lodi, completing a hugely ambitious move for the Brazilian ace.

Forest fans will now hope to see plenty of quality down the left flank from Lodi, but just how Steve Cooper will eventually juggle Lodi, Toffolo and Richards remains to be seen.

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