May 18, 2024

Nottingham Forest were “priced out” of a move for goalkeeper Djordje Petrovic in the 2023 summer transfer window.

The Reds are said to have made an offer for the stopper, who was then playing for New England Revolution, that would have made him the number one choice at the City Ground. That fell through, and he eventually joined Chelsea in a £14million move.

Forest went on to sign both Matt Turner and Odysseas Vlachodimos, while target Dean Henderson joined Crystal Palace. But The Standard confirm the original plan was to sign Petrovic.

Steve Cooper faced competiton from Manchester United, who wanted Petrovic as their number two, and French club Nantes. All three sides were said to be “priced out” of a move.

Former Villa and United States goalkeeper Brad Friedel told the national paper what qualities Petrovic brings to the Premier League, making it clear what the Reds could have had

“I wasn’t surprised he joined Chelsea at all,” Friedel said. “I told a couple of other Premier League clubs they should come in for him.

“He has been by far and away the best-performing goalkeeper in the MLS for the last few seasons. His positioning is good, his reflexes are good, his balance is good, his quickness is good.

“Between his age, his athleticism, shot-stopping, consistency and mentality — he can be very good in the Premier League.”

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