Nottingham Forest explored a loan deal for Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah in January, according to fresh reports.
The Lowdown: Bade replacement needed
The Premier League outfit signed an astonishing 21 players following promotion in the summer of 2022 to try and help maintain their top-flight status coming into this season, but further reinforcements were made last month after spending the majority of their time in a relegation scrap.
Loic Bade had his loan terminated after failing to make any kind of impact under Steve Cooper which freed up a space at the back, with the 26-year-old Tah having been identified as an ideal replacement.
The Hamburg native recently changed agents in the hope of securing a move away from Leverkusen, despite his contract not expiring until 2025, but it sounds like The City Ground wasn’t a destination he was open to considering.
The Latest: Forest explored Tah move
According to German outlet Kicker (via Sport Witness), Forest were ‘interested in a loan’ for Tah in January, and whilst he would have ‘fit perfectly’, the defender had a ‘different category in mind’ regarding the stature of club he wanted to join.
The Leverkusen star is ‘aiming for a change of air in the summer’ and the Premier League is his ‘primary target’, but it’s reported that he ‘wasn’t willing’ to be part of a potential relegation battle.
The Verdict: Worth another attempt
Forest ended up completing the permanent signing of Felipe from Atletico Madrid, but with his deal only set to run until 2024, it could be worth making another attempt for Tah should the club successfully avoid the drop.
Tah has also been labelled a ‘battleship’ by former teammate Christoph Kramer, and he would certainly be able to become a rock in the backline should he have a change of heart come the end of the season.