Any hope Nottingham Forest had of tying up an early deal for Hull City winger Kamil Grosicki appears to have been ended.
According to The Sun, the Poland international has emerged as a target for the Reds.
Such links come as no surprise.
Martin O’Neill is in need of added creativity and could be in a position to land a proven performer.
He also managed nine goals.
Nobody currently at the City Ground can claim to have matched his creativity, while only Lewis Grabban and Joe Lolley found the target on more occasions.
The potential value of Grosicki is obvious.
So is the need for O’Neill to get bodies on board as soon as possible.
Forest need to get a few out of the door, but they also need to get some in.
In every window, you would prefer to get said business wrapped up swiftly.
That provides the greatest amount of time in which to work with any new recruits.
In an ideal world, the Reds will have a few fresh faces at the first day of pre-season training.
Grosicki may or may not be among them.
He is shutting no transfer doors, but neither is he throwing them open.
Instead, the 30-year-old is set to keep everybody guessing.
Both on Trentside and Humberside.
Grosicki has told Polsat Sport when quizzed on his future: “I am on holiday until July 5th, so that’s a long time.
“For sure, I want to play these two matches and then go on a real holiday to relax.
“I just had some vacation, but with two difficult games ahead of me, I had to keep on form all the time.”
The games Grosicki alludes to are Euro 2020 qualifiers with his country.
Poland are set to face Macedonia on June 7 and Israel three days later.
Anything could happen before and during those fixtures.
Grosicki may be talked into staying put at the KCOM Stadium, or suffer an unfortunate injury.
That would throw everything up in the air.
On the flip side of that coin, nothing happens and the speculation rumbles on.
Forest remain in the mix, if they are indeed in the hunt at all, and have been offered nothing to suggest that they should turn their attention elsewhere.
They are, however, going to have to be patient.