Nottingham Forest wanted Andrea Pinamonti but failed to secure a deal for the Inter Milan striker this summer as he joined Sassuolo instead.
The list of players linked with a move to Forest over the summer must have topped 100, with a new name seemingly suggested every few days – even hours.
Strikers were paramount for Forest, especially after Lewis Grabban left the club at the end of his contract.
Sure enough, Forest signed the likes of Taiwo Awoniyi and Emmanuel Dennis in attack, but still looked for another option late into deadline day.
A deal for Michy Batshuayi collapsed and a move for another striker failed to materialise earlier in the window.
Nottingham Forest wanted Andrea Pinamonti
Fabrizio Romano has claimed on The Here We Go Podcast that Forest wanted to sign Italian hitman Andrea Pinamonti from Inter Milan.
Romano claims that Forest explored a deal to bring Pinamonti to the Premier League, but seemingly lost out in the race for his signature.
“Nottingham Forest tried also for Andrea Pinamonti, the striker who is now at Sassuolo,” said Romano. “He did very well in Serie A on loan last season at Empoli and Nottingham Forest were exploring this possibility,” he added.
Pinamonti, 23, impressed on loan at Empoli last season with 13 goals in 36 Serie A appearances.
That still wasn’t enough for parent club Inter Milan to throw Pinamonti into first-team action at the San Siro.
Instead, Pinamonti has been farmed out again, this time to Sassuolo as a replacement for Gianluca Scamacca.
Scamacca made a big-money move to West Ham United in July and come early August, Pinamonti had been snapped up to replace him.
The difference this time has that Sassuolo have an obligation to buy set at €20million (£17.5million) and Pinamonti will sign a four-year deal with the club next summer.
That means Pinamonti’s time with Inter is coming to an end and if he continues to score goals, Sassuolo are bound to hike up his price tag.
Sassuolo may not be entirely against paying up for Pinamonti and immediately selling him on for profit, but Forest are unlikely to be involved in a battle for the Italian next summer.