Nottingham Forest were extremely pro-active during the summer transfer window, adding 12 new players to their ranks ahead of a potential push towards promotion.
The Reds have started the season in quality fashion and currently sit in second place in the Championship, level on points with table-toppers West Bromwich Albion.
One man who did see a move to Forest slip through the net during the summer was Burnley outcast, Kevin Long. The 29-year-old is yet to play a minute of league football in 2019 and according to The Sun (August 4th; page 67), he was linked with a move to the Reds.
The centre-back will be hoping for some minutes for the Republic of Ireland in the next week but he has admitted his frustration at not being able to play football.
He told Lancs Live: “I know they value me at Burnley, I’m valued there. I might not play that much but I’m valued. Obviously, I want to play more but it’s not that easy.
“For one reason or another it’s not happened but I’m happy, I would just like to get more games. It’s as simple as that.
“It’s frustrating. If I’m under contract it’s up to the club to not let me go and if the manager likes what he sees, he’s going to keep me.”
The interest from Forest in Long came before they eventually landed Chema Rodriguez from Levante. Joe Worrall, Michael Dawson and Tobias Figueiredo have also played in Sabri Lamouchi’s team this season.
It seems almost like Long is frustrated that the chance to head to Forest and play some football passed him by.
Although Burnley will naturally see him as someone who can deputise should a first-choice defender get injured, he would have relished the chance to feature regularly.
There may be interest in Long when the January transfer window opens but it perhaps won’t be from Forest.
Alex Milosevic hasn’t been in a league squad all season and is currently the fifth choice at centre-back, highlighting the strength in depth defensively at the City Ground.