Nottingham Forest failed to sign Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi on deadline day because of paperwork issues, according to journalist Fabrizio Romano.
The Lowdown: Forest miss out Batshuayi
The Reds were hopeful of bringing in yet another new player on Thursday, following the most productive summer in the club’s history.
Batshuayi emerged as a very late target with the 11pm cutoff approaching all the time, with Chelsea happy to sell their out-of-favour Belgium international.
Unfortunately, the transfer fell through, meaning Forest had to make do without the 28-year-old, who would have been their 22nd signing.
The Latest: Romano explains collapsed deal
Writing on Twitter, Romano confirmed that it was Chelsea’s inability to get the required paperwork signed in time that ultimately proved fatal to the deal happening:
“Michy Batshuayi deal collapsed with Nottingham Forest because Chelsea didn’t send paperwork in time, busy on many deals.
“Fenerbahçe are now trying to enter the race and sign Batshuayi from Chelsea.”
The Verdict: Sour end to a great window
Missing out on Batshuayi is a blow, considering this is a player who has scored 25 goals in 45 caps for Belgium, but this should still be considered a monstrous summer at Forest.
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Steve Cooper ended up bringing in a remarkable 21 players, with Loic Bade the last of those, giving him a plethora of squad options for the rest of the season.
The key now is managing to keep everyone happy and rotate effectively, in order for Forest to stave off the threat of relegation from the Premier League.
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