Former Nottingham Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has revealed his efforts to bring Sevilla defender Joris Gnagnon to the club.

Lamouchi was sacked as manager of Forest back in October, with the club electing to remove the Frenchman and bring in Chris Hughton.

His departure came after a disappointing start to the season, with Forest having struggled to turn around a dreadful run of form that had seen them miss out on a play-off place at the end of last season.

The club had backed Lamouchi heavily during the transfer window, with no fewer than 13 new players arriving at the City Ground.

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Two of those were centre back signings, with Loïc Mbe Soh arriving in a £4.5m deal from PSG and Scott McKenna signing from Aberdeen for £2.94m.

It seems, though, the man that Lamouchi really wanted was Sevilla defender Gnagnon, with him revealing his efforts to get him in 2019.

“They asked me for positions to be reinforced, and I put Gnagnon’s name on the list,” he told ABC Sevilla.

“I want him, I told my club. I spoke with him, everything was settled, but, suddenly, on the last day, practically, he said no, that he better stay at Sevilla.

“We, in England, closed the transfer market on August 6. I did not understand.

“Honestly, I think it would have been very good if we were together again. Shortly after that, he would go back to Rennes.”