Nottingham Forest were never that keen to bring Fiorentina Sofyan Amrabat to the City Ground, despite links to the contrary. The Reds are were offered the player but chose not to follow up on the offer with other irons in the fire.

According to Graeme Bailey, who was talking to the Talking Transfers Podcast, Forest were offered Amrabat at the start of the summer. The Reds weren’t interested to the point where they didn’t get back to Fiorentina with an answer either way.

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The Morocco international has seen interest in his signature intensify this summer. He has just a year to run on his existing deal and caught the eye when he helped the Atlas Lions reach the last four of the World Cup.

Now, it’s been confirmed that Amrabat was never really a genuine target for Forest this summer. Bailey has made this claim and it’s a link that can now be dismissed as unrealistic.

He told the Talking Transfers Podcast: “Just to confirm on Amrabat. Sources have confirmed, Forest did not make a bid. He was offered to the club but they didn’t get back to them, they weren’t involved in that.”

Forest were never in the race for Amrabat

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise. The Reds were thought to be rivalling Manchester United for the player’s signature but that doesn’t look like it’s the case at all.

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Forest do still hope to remain active in the market tomorrow. Ibrahim Sangare looks set to go to the wire, whilst Wilfred Ndidi and Callum Hudson-Odoi could both also sign.

Amrabat would have been a quality addition to the ranks. However, it’s now not something that the Reds are keen to do and their interest has been tentative all along.