A report by The Athletic has claimed that Nottingham Forest were desperate to land Michy Batshuayi on transfer deadline day.

The Reds hierarchy felt they were light in the striker department and made a late attempt to snare the Chelsea man.

Forest couldn’t get the paperwork submitted in time, however, and were left frustrated in their quest.

Batshuayi did still leave Chelsea. He signed for Turkish giants Fenerbahce 24 hours later with the window still open in Turkey.

Forest desperate Batshuayi
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It’s been claimed by The Athletic that Miltiadis Marinakis saw him as a stellar signing that could help the team.

He might have been right…

Forest have rotated their striker options throughout the campaign and have struggled to settle on one player.

Taiwo Awoniyi, Emmanuel Dennis and Sam Surridge have all played through the middle in Steve Cooper’s team this season.

Furthermore, the head coach has even played a few games this season without a recognised striker.

Meanwhile, Batshuayi is producing the goods in Turkey.

He’s scored five goals in eight games for his new club and has hit the ground running under Jorge Jesus.

At Chelsea, he scored 25 goals in 77 appearances and that Premier League experience might have proved useful for Forest.

Forest were desperate to land Batshuayi

The Belgian international is earning around £62,000-a-week at Fenerbahce and he wouldn’t have come cheap.

It’s fair to say, however, that he does have credentials when it comes to scoring goals in England.

As a result, it’s perhaps no surprise to see the Reds try and land him with the clocking ticking towards the deadline.

Forest desperate Batshuayi
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Batshuayi is clearly in decent form and perhaps Forest would have welcomed him into the ranks.

Now, they have to park that interest and the challenge for Cooper is to find a goalscorer within his ranks.

Given how Forest and Batshuayi have started the 2022/23 campaign, it’s fair to say the Reds could have done with him.

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