Aitor Karanka reportedly wanted to sell Michael Hefele just months after bringing defender to Nottingham Forest

Nottingham Forest Manager Aitor Karanka during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road on December 26, 2018 in Norwich, England.

The German moved to Nottingham Forest from Huddersfield Town last August.

Nottingham Forest Manager Aitor Karanka during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Nottingham Forest at Carrow Road on December 26, 2018 in Norwich, England.

Aitor Karanka wanted to make more signings at Nottingham Forest in January and informed the board of his wish to sell Michael Hefele, the club's summer recruit from Huddersfield Town, according to the Telegraph's John Percy.

Hefele arrived from Huddersfield as one of 17 first-team players brought to Forest by Karanka since the end of last season - an intake that cost the Reds a reported outlay of £23 million.

 

By the time of the Basque's departure as Nottingham Forest manager on Friday morning - with the Trentside club sitting four points off the Championship play-offs in seventh position - Hefele had appeared in 18 of of possible 29 fixtures and was a starter in all but two of those outings.

Percy claims, however, that Karanka's stance on Hefele was just one of the numerous factors which contributed to a strained relationship with the City Ground hierarchy, alongside his refusal to play Arvin Appiah more often, and 'bewildering' substitutions in last month's 3-3 draw against Norwich City - a game that Forest had 3-0.

Michael Hefele of Nottingham Forest during the Carabao Cup Second Round match between Nottingham Forest and Newcastle United at City Ground on August 29, 2018 in Nottingham, England.

The German centre-back was a regular in the Huddersfield side promoted to the Premier League two seasons ago, and is under contract until 2021 at Nottingham Forest.

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