Nottingham Forest have failed in their attempts to bring Filip Krovinovic back to The City Ground this summer.
That’s according to a report by Nottinghamshire Live, who claimed that the Benfica midfielder has put an end to the speculation surrounding his future after agreeing a transfer to Croatian side Hajduk Split.
It had been reported that Forest were desperate to keep hold of the 25-year-old ahead of next season, having impressed during a loan spell with Chris Hughton’s side last term.
However, with it being said that the Portuguese team wanted to secure the former Croatia U21 international a permanent move away from the club this summer, Forest’s chances of securing a second temporary deal for the Krovinovic always appeared slim.
While Forest endured something of a campaign to forget last season, with the Reds finishing in a lowly 17th place in the second tier, Krovinovic nevertheless impressed during his time at the club, with the Garibaldi’s failure to bring the midfielder back to The City Ground this summer sure to have left Hughton gutted.
Indeed, over his 19 Championship appearances last term, the £2.7m-rated man scored one goal and provided two assists for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 1.7 shots and making 1.4 key passes per game.
These returns saw the man Steve Madeley dubbed an “influential” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.96, ranking him as Hughton’s fourth-best performer in the second tier of English football.
As such, the loss of the £14k-per-week Krovinovic is sure to come as a blow for the 62-year-old, who will now have to turn his attention in the transfer market elsewhere in a bid to bring in reinforcements to the Reds’ midfield ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign.