Cameron Jerome had a potential move to Nottingham Forest blocked by Derby County, the striker revealed in a recent interview with The Sun.
The 32-year-old expected to be part of Frank Lampard’s plans for this season, before the ex-Chelsea midfielder changed his mind.
Jerome told SunSport: “I was looking forward to working with Lampard. But he changed his mind on me, it was a bit of a surprise, but no hard feelings at all.
“They wouldn’t let me go to a rival and I was stuck there with a year left on my contract. I couldn’t go to Nottingham Forest, Sheffield United or West Brom and then they asked if I would move to certain clubs.
“Those moves were not going to benefit me and I felt I should be at Derby competing for a place.”
Aitor Karanka was interested in bringing the striker to the City Ground last summer. According to the Nottingham Post, the Spaniard was seriously interested in both Jerome and Jermain Defoe. In the end, neither of them ending up joining the Reds.
As the Rams weren’t prepared to let the striker join a rival, Jerome eventually decided to join Göztepe in Turkey, having signed a two-year deal last year with the option of a further year.
There’s no doubt that Jerome would’ve been a useful player for the Reds this season. They have been heavily reliant on Lewis Grabban, with Daryl Murphy having to fill in recently whilst he has been injured.
Hillal Soudani has only been able to make eight appearances this season due to injury, after making a promising start at the City Ground. Karim Ansarifard has only started to be given opportunities in recent weeks and is yet to really get going.
In this case, Jerome would’ve offered something different to both of those players. Similarly to Grabban and Murphy, he has a wealth of Championship experience. He would’ve taken no time to settle and would’ve scored goals for the Reds this season.
Jerome’s former side currently find themselves sat just one point off the play-offs under the management of Lampard. However, the striker doesn’t believe that the Rams have enough to secure a place in the top six.
He said: “I can’t see it at the minute. In the games I’ve seen recently, there are too many teams stronger than them.
“I’m not being bitter. I’m just being honest, they could be an outsider for the play-offs, and it gets harder every year.”