15 July 2024

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Watford boss Valerian Ismael has claimed he was offered Nottingham Forest striker Emmanuel Dennis this summer. The Reds tried desperately to offload the striker just 12 months after signing him from the Hornets.

Now, the Watford Observer has spoken to the gaffer about any potential interest in Forest man Dennis. It was claimed during the transfer window that the Reds had offered the player back to the club he left a year ago.

Things didn’t work out for Dennis at Forest. He cost the club around £10 million upfront but he managed just two goals for the club and found it extremely difficult to impress Steve Cooper.

Watford boss claims he was offered Dennis

The Hornets have broken their stereotype with Ismael. Despite a poor start to the campaign, they’ve actually given him a new contract rather than doing what they usually do and sacking the manager.

Ismael has now explained that he was offered Dennis during the summer. It would seem as though he refused point black and he told the Watford Observer: “His name came on my desk, but I said no. Simple as that.”

Forest-owned Dennis signed for Watford in the summer of 2021. He scored 10 goals for the club in the Premier League before earning a move to Forest after the Hertfordshire-based club had been relegated.

Forest wise to get rid of Dennis

Some signings work and others don’t. File Dennis at Forest under the latter. Cooper never really fancied him and this had all the makings of a transfer that the head coach wasn’t really on board with.

Dennis is a capable performer but when Istanbul Basaksehir came forward with a loan proposal it made sense for Forest to cut him loose. For context, the player has failed to score in four games with his new club.

Taiwo Awoniyi praised his compatriot when they were at Forest together. He called him a ‘very good player’ but for whatever reason, Cooper just didn’t echo the views of his talismanic centre-forward.

Despite his struggles at Forest, Dennis would have been more than capable back at Watford. Given their poor start to 2023/24, perhaps Ismael is wishing he hadn’t been quite so dismissive when his name dropped on his desk.

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