Hwang Ui-jo signed for Nottingham Forest for £4 million in the summer, much to the dismay of Minnesota United technical director Mark Watson.

The key figure at the MLS club has claimed that his outfit went quite far down the line in an attempt to sign the South Korean.

However, Hwang ultimately ended up at Forest, with Evangelos Marinakis choosing to loan him straight out to Olympiacos.

The MLS is getting stronger each year and landing a player from France would have been a decent coup for Minnesota.

Ui-jo signed Forest
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Hwang looks like an intriguing addition. At 30-years-old there are doubts over whether he will ever make a Forest appearance.

Minnesota were keen to take him across the pond and to the MLS but Watson confessed it was always an ambitious plan.

He told Pioneer Press: “We did go quite a ways down the line with him but his situation was really complicated.

“It would have been a huge spend. But saying that, we thought he would be a really big addition to the group.”

Minnesota will be hoping to go better than their fifth-place finish in last season’s Western Conference. As a result, they will be targeting a stellar signing or two.

Interestingly, it’s also claimed that Forest beat West Ham to the signing of Hwang.

Ui-jo signed for Forest but what does the future hold?

This really is a million-dollar question.

Absolutely nothing against the man with 46 caps for South Korea but it’s hard to imagine him ever playing for Forest.

He’s yet to score in four appearances for Olympiacos and was hooked off at half-time during Sunday’s draw with Volos.

Ui-jo signed Forest
(Photo; Chung Sung-Jun; Getty Images)

If the Reds go down, it’s likely they will target a striker with Championship experience.

Furthermore, if Forest stay in the Premier League it’s equally difficult to see the Reds placing their faith in a striker who will be 31 by then.

Still, there will be a method in the seeming madness and it will be intriguing to see what the future holds for Hwang.

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