Nottingham Forest are still hopeful of signing West Bromwich Albion winger Kamil Grosicki, despite the Championship club being told they had missed the deadline by 21 seconds on Friday afternoon.
The Tricky Trees were hoping to bring the 32-year-old to the City Ground as the minutes ticked down in the domestic transfer window on October 16 and, having reached an agreement over personal terms, it looked set to come to fruition.
However, that deal missed the deadline... by 21 seconds. According to Tomasz Włodarczyk of meczyki.pl, Grosicki put pen to paper seconds before the metaphorical window slammed shut.
They still had to wait for the registration system to confirm the transfer though, and this is where the problem occurred. There was a minor delay in the process, which caused the deal to go through after the deadline had passed, meaning the West Brom winger could no longer make his return to the Championship.
Forest had initially expressed an interest in signing Grosicki for some time, and their interest peaked when it became clear he had little future at the Hawthorns. He joined the Baggies in the winter window at the turn of the year from Hull City, as Slaven Bilic hoped he could make the difference in their promotion push.
West Brom did succeed in securing a place in the Premier League, but they did so while using their new recruit sparingly, and he has since fallen further down the pecking order. Forest have overhauled their squad this summer, making 14 signings, and they had imagined that the winger could be the final piece to their puzzle.
It looks like that may not be the case, however. Włodarczyk explained that Forest are set to appeal the decision, crossing their fingers that the league will reverse its decision not to allow Grosicki to become a Tricky Tree.
"Forest is to issue a communiqué on this matter and appeal against the possible delay by these several dozen seconds. The action will most likely have to be entered by lawyers, he said."
And the Nottingham Post has confirmed the club is confident of having this decision overturned, as they are still awaiting confirmation - positive or negative - from the EFL over the transfer.