Kamil Grosicki has opened up following his failed loan move from West Bromwich Albion to Nottingham Forest in the summer transfer window.
Grosicki was extremely close to signing for Forest on loan on the final day of the window, after falling out of favour under Slaven Bilic at the Hawthorns.
The 32-year-old put pen to paper on a loan move to the City Ground, however the Reds submitted the paperwork to the relevant authorities 21 seconds after the 5pm deadline.
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On Thursday – nearly two weeks on from Deadline Day – the EFL confirmed in a statement that they had rejected Forest’s appeal, and had declined Grosicki’s proposed move to the City Ground.
Grosicki has now returned to West Brom and has been added to Bilic’s 25-man squad, as the Baggies look to stay in the Premier League following their promotion from the Championship last term.
Speaking to Polish media outlet WP SportoweFakty, Grosicki opened up and offered his take on the transfer saga, after what must have been a uncertain couple of weeks for the winger.
He said: “I am surprised myself. From the very beginning, I felt there was a problem and that the transfer would most likely not work. If it were otherwise, in the future, other clubs could have relied on my case in the future.
“There are no sacred cows. If you are late for the train half a minute and it leaves, you will not get on it. I just don’t know why I waited so long to hear “no”. The reasoning came that the transfer did not come out because it was carried out too late. About 21 seconds.
“I signed my contract with Nottingham Forest five minutes before closing the window, exactly at 16.55 (English time). There was no complication on my part. I don’t know who was at fault later, who made the mistake.”
It was a completely bizarre situation, but I think both parties will be glad that it has finally been resolved now.
Grosicki would have been another excellent signing for the Reds, and his pace down the left-hand side is exactly what they need.
It’s not the end of the world for Forest, though, as they still have Joe Lolley, Anthony Knockaert, Sammy Ameobi and Alex Mighten on the books – four very talented wide players.