Nottingham Forest boss Aitor Karanka is attempting to shape a team that can challenge for Premier League promotion this season.
Numerous transfer targets have entered the fray, and one of those was Aston Villa’s Alan Hutton, who was due to become a free agent next month.
For months it seemed that the defender’s time at Villa Park was coming to an end, which appeared to have alerted Forest.
The Nottingham Post reported on Tuesday that the Reds had offered Hutton a two-year contract, and all indications were that a deal could go through.
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However, in a big twist on Thursday, Villa announced via their official website that the full-back has signed a one-year contract extension.
This means that Forest are back to square one, but the blow was softened by the news that Portuguese pair Joao Carvalho and Diogo Goncalves have put pen to paper.
Some fans, though, were left frustrated by the failed Hutton pursuit, while others feel that it is no great loss.
So that’s Hutton not signing, oh well more to choose from #nffc
— Bradley (@McBrads95) June 14, 2018
Can’t say I’m upset we aren’t getting Hutton. Not the sort of signing I think #nffc should be making.
— steve (@trickynffc) June 14, 2018
— the Architect (@Iamphenomenal01) June 14, 2018
Hutton must have looked at forests timeline and decided to stay at villa #nffc
— North Wales Forest (@reddynotts) June 14, 2018
Not at all bothered about #Hutton was always a bit of a gamble at his age and he never seemed that keen to stay when we had him on loan. Would have probably been a move motivated by non-football reasons so good news afaics #nffc
— Forest FanBase (@ForestFanBase) June 14, 2018
So much for getting Hutton then… #NFFC
— Dan (@Dan_LowerBC) June 14, 2018
Now Hutton not signing I hope lichaj is staying because I can’t move on please don’t go lichaj #nffc
— ob (@Jamsmitchell) June 14, 2018
I bet we didn’t even try and sign Hutton…. just lazy journalism #nffc
— Pepe Elvis (@pepe_elvis) June 14, 2018
Not so fussed about Hutton…. never was, he’s old forest… loses concentration too much…. with Dawson as our old general at the back, and some young talent alongside him, all be grand. #NFFC
— lambonumber5 (@lambonumber51) June 14, 2018