Nottingham Forest have been credited with having a previous interest in midfielder, Matt Crooks, who currently plays across the Championship with Rotherham United.
It’s been revealed in The Rotherham Advertiser that Forest were enquiring about the 26-year-old over the course of the summer as they looked to revamp their midfield options under Sabri Lamouchi.
Crooks scored nine goals and assisted a further two last season in League One, helping the Millers win promotion back into the Championship at the first time of asking.
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Ultimately, a move never came to fruition, with Forest bringing in other targets and Crooks remaining with Rotherham in the Championship.
He’s played six games for Paul Warne’s side this season in the Championship, but was an unused substitute on Saturday as the Millers lost out to Reading 3-0.
He’s also played and scored in the League Cup, with Crooks’ last-gasp goal against Salford enough to take their tie to penalties. Ultimately, the League Two side progressed at the expense of Rotherham.
Tonight, Rotherham are back in action, taking on Sheffield Wednesday in a South Yorkshire derby and looking for their second victory of the season.
In the end we saw Forest settle on the likes of Jack Colback and Harry Arter in midfield, but it was a clear strategy in the summer for Lamouchi to overhaul his options in that area.
Of course, he’s now departed and Chris Hughton is in-charge. You’d expect the new Forest boss will have ideas of his own and it remains to be seen if Hughton holds the same interest as Lamouchi did.
For Crooks, he needs to get his head down and focus on the task at hand with Rotherham. He’s got a great platform there to really make a name for himself in the Championship this season.
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