Did a transfer embargo cost Nottingham Forest Reece James?

Reece James is said to have rejected approaches from Fulham and Nottingham Forest to sign with Wigan.

Wigan Athletic new boy Reece James turned down offers from Fulham and Nottingham Forest, report The Sun.

James clinched his departure from Manchester United earlier this week to sign with the Latics, a deal which is somewhat of a coup for the recently relegated side.

He is a left-back who can also play further forward, and has signed a three-year deal with the club.

Forest's interest was reported by the Daily Mail, over the weekend, but they were only offering James the chance to sign on loan, compared to the security of Wigan's offer. Despite this the paper claimed he was a player manager Dougie Freedman admired.

It is a potential example of the limitations placed on the club by their transfer embargo, permitting them only to make loan signings, and bring in free agents, restricted to a maximum wage cap of £10,000 per week.

Fulham are not under embargo, although the seriousness of their interest is unclear, it's possible of course that James was so keen on Wigan that he could have decided to reject Championship side Forest even if there was a permanent contract on the table.

A year passes quickly

For Forest and Reece James the last 12 months has brought about a change in prospects, and optimism. Last summer he scored two goals for Manchester United in Louis van Gaal's first pre-season game as manager, but despite this, and an injury crisis for the Red Devils, he was not given a chance in the Premier League.

At Forest meanwhile, their ambition has been seriously curtailed by the second successive transfer window under a financial embargo.

A year ago they signed Britt Assombalonga and Michail Antonio for a combined £7 million, but with one injured and the other being courted by West Brom, the club's prospects for the season ahead look dimmer than they should be had the restrictions not been in place.

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