Nottingham Forest have failed in their attempts to land Poland international Kamil Grosicki.
Chris Hughton moved for the West Bromwich Albion winger on transfer deadline day almost two weeks ago, but whilst some believed the deal to be done, the EFL thought differently.
According to reports in Poland, Forest missed the deadline by 21 seconds, and took the battle to court in an attempt to push the loan move through.
But Grosicki will now not be heading to the City Ground after the matter went to arbitration on Tuesday.
Telegraph journalist John Percy has confirmed that Grosicki will be staying at The Hawthorns until January at least, where he could still play a part in the Baggies’ Premier League plans if needed.
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It will be a bitter blow for Forest fans, who were anxious to see some more Championship and international experience come in on the flanks.
It’s not the end of the world for Forest to miss out on Grosicki, but Chris Hughton will surely be furious at how close to the deadline it was left.
Hughton had already added Anthony Knockaert to his ranks on deadline day, and the potential addition of Grosicki would’ve arguably given him the best wing options in the league with Joe Lolley also at his disposal.
But it clearly wasn’t to be, and it will be interesting to see if the avenue is revisited in January, and you must assume that it will be.
This is now a great opportunity for someone like youngster Alex Mighten to prove his talent to Hughton, and he will be battling it out with the likes of Knockaert and Sammy Ameobi for the starting spot on the left side of Forest’s attack.