The English transfer window may have been shut for nearly a month now, but clubs lower down the pyramid and across Europe have had the pleasure of still being able to buy and sell players.
However, that privilege ends today and Nottingham Forest have become a wealthy victim from it.
Young winger Arvin Appiah has joined Spanish second division side Almeria for £8m, signing a five-year deal.
The 18-year-old had been linked to Manchester United despite signing a new long-term deal at the City Ground back in January.
Much of the Reds fanbase have taken to social media to discuss the move
One supporter said the club would regret letting him go with another adding that they shouldn’t be selling as the squad is getting weaker. A further individual simply labelled it a disgrace.
Appiah scored on debut for Forest last year, coming on as a substitute in their Carabao Cup loss to Burton Albion.
Here’s some of the best reaction:
Gonna regret letting him go tell you know
— Jordan (@JordanNFFC) September 2, 2019
We shouldn’t be selling. The squad is getting weaker
— 17,410,742 (@180_180_141) September 2, 2019
— JCMedia (@_JCMedia_) September 2, 2019
Of course it is. No problems with having to sell. But having to sell because we have an insanely bloated squad with players on good salaries that no-one wants… that’s a shambles. Lost a young talented lad as a result. Poor business.
— DGB (@DGBCampbell) September 2, 2019
I hope this is the first of about 8 of these stories today. Having to sell our brightest academy talents to fund wages of bags of dross left over from previous managers ??????
— Mark (@rippey89) September 2, 2019
Gutted to be honest, I always thought he’d be one for the future ?. I’m sure we will bring him back in his 30s ?
— ??? (@nejibob) September 2, 2019
The bigger picture for me with the Appiah deal, on top of the disappointment of losing ANOTHER young player, is how light we are in Attack. Now just 3 Wingers for 2 positions on Top of just 2 Strikers for 1. Compare that to 6 CBs & we're extremely light. #NFFC
— Chris Hutchinson (@chrishforest44) September 2, 2019