Nottingham Forest’s failure to bring in a striker in the summer transfer window is surely one that is still frustrating their fanbase.
There’s still time for Chris Hughton and the recruitment team to rectify that issue though, with free agents still available to sign and former Newcastle United man Facundo Ferreyra is the latest man to be linked with the Reds.
Several forward turned the Tricky Trees down in recent months though and one of those was Sandro Kulenovic of Dinamo Zagreb.
Kulenovic scored seven goals in a loan spell at Rijeka in Croatia’s top division last season and was the subject of a loan offer from Forest in July.
Kulenovic ended up joining fellow Croatian side Lokomotiva on loan for the season, and speaking to Sportske Novosti on the summer of transfer speculation surrounding his name, the striker did reveal that there was the chance to join Forest but he did indeed turn them down.
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“I was looking for the best environment for my development, that’s why Lokomotiva was my best option,” Kulenovic admitted.
“I decided to stay in Zagreb and go to Lokomotiva. After all, I am here in front of Dinamo, who will surely follow my games in Lokomotiva. I believe that Lokomotiva is my biggest opportunity for further football development.
“Yes, there were some offers for me, but this choice was the best option. An offer really came from Nottingham Forest. I know that. But I wouldn’t go back to that again.
“Why would I go abroad? Our league is a serious league, a strong European league.
“Playing here is the right thing to do, you can develop and progress in the HNL. That’s what I think.”
Whether Kulenovic would have been the right fit for Forest we may never know, however he’s clearly a striker with potential.
A loan move though probably wouldn’t have been the one that the club needed but it would have been better than getting no permanent striker in at all – which is what happened in the end.
From Kulenovic’s words it appears that he has a clear mission to break into Zagreb’s first-team and the best way for him to do that in his eyes is to remain in Croatia and impress in their top league.
Rejection from Kulenovic and other strikers across Europe means that Hughton is still looking for fresh competition to Lyle Taylor and Lewis Grabban – their league position right now at the foot of the Championship table may mean that it could be tough to attract the quality required to get the club out of immediate trouble.