Nottingham Forest made an offer to Osasuna for David Garcia on transfer deadline day left the La Liga outfit annoyed.
The Reds were trying to land a new central defender and targeted the Spanish operator ahead of the cut-off.
Now, their sporting director Braulio Vazquez, has been discussing the offer that frankly the club saw as derisory.
Forest did land a central defender on deadline day. Andrew Omobamidele made the move from Norwich with just seconds of the window remaining.
Garcia was a player that had been targeted, however. The 29-year-old has a release clause in his contract worth around £17 million but Forest got nowhere near that.
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Forest didn’t actually get an answer from Osasuna! Their man behind the scenes on transfers has been discussing the bid from Forest.
Vazquez told Estadio Deportivo: “An English club contacted us. It seems to me a lack of respect. It was a declaration of intentions of love. They wanted to sit down and talk to us three days before closing so that Garcia could pass a medical.
“It’s surreal. I had never seen it before. Luckily, we didn’t even answer. David himself knew he would hurt our planning a lot if he left. His position was not to force anything. There was nothing, we couldn’t reject anything.”
Forest wanted Garcia but their offer was far too low
The Osasuna captain has been with Osasuna for his whole career. It would have been a bit of a wrench to leave his beloved club and Forest were fighting a losing battle.
Garcia has made 278 appearances for the club during his career. He did have a short spell away from the club on loan but he’s not a leading light at Osasuna.
Forest got their squad finalised with aplomb on deadline day. Omobamidele is a player that the Reds have wanted for some time and they will be happy with their business.
Given that he’s 29, Garcia is unlikely to remain on the shortlist at Forest. They’re well-stocked defensively and this was perhaps a fall-back option to consider late in the window.