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Chelsea failed in striker bid

Much has been made of the fact that, despite having spent close to £400 million in the transfer market this summer, Chelsea still have a shortage of attacking options.

Although Nicolas Jackson was signed from Villareal, in the absence of the injured Christopher Nkonku, Mauricio Pochettino’s side still seem lightweight upfront.

And Jackson, himself, was guilty of a glaring miss in their recent home defeat to Nottingham Forest.

However, it now transpires that another player that started that match was the subject of late transfer interest from Chelsea.

48 hours before deadline day, Chelsea contacted Forest and enquired about the possible availability of striker Taiwo Awoniyi.

His goals helped keep Forest up at the end of last season, and he recently equalled a 28 year old lub record by scoring in the first three games of this season.

However, they were told he was not for sale, with Forest not having enough time to find a replacement.

In the end Awoniyi ended up inflicting damage on his potential employers. He intercepted a wayward pass from Moises Caicedo and provided the through ball from which Anthony Elanga went on to score the only goal of the game.

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