Antonio Raillo admits Nottingham Forest tried to sign him in January

Martin O'Neill manager of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest at St Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium on February 02,...

Championship outfit Nottingham Forest were interested in bringing Raillo to the City Ground from Spanish Segunda side Real Mallorca.

Celta Vigo's Belgian forward Theo Bongonda (L) kicks the ball next to Espanyol's defender Antonio Jose Raillo (C) while Celta Vigo's forward  Iago Aspas looks on during the Spanish league...

Real Mallorca defender Antonio Raillo has confirmed that he received an offer from Nottingham Forest during the January transfer window, as reported by AS.

It was no secret that Forest wanted to reinforce their defensive ranks last month, with Michael Dawson and Michael Hefele both struggling with injuries in recent weeks. Danny Fox, meanwhile, left for Wigan Athletic, leaving the two-time European Cup winners short of options at the back.

 

By the time the window slammed shut, Forest had secured the signatures of Yohan Benalouane and Molla Wague, signing the duo from Leicester and Udinese respectively, while Sweden international Alexander Milosevic arrived on a free.

One player they failed to bring in, however, is 27-year-old Raillo.

"It was a very good opportunity,” the Spaniard told AS when asked about Forest's interest.

“But I left with a smile (at the end of the window). No one will be able to say that I threw in the towel and didn’t give everything for the club."

Iago Aspas of RC Celta de Vigo scores the opening goal past Alvaro Gonzalez (L) Antonio Raillo (C) and Pau Lopez of RCD Espanyol during the La Liga match between Real CD Espanyol and Celta...

Raillo, who played for Espanyol before moving to Mallorca in 2016, has made 22 appearances in the Spanish second tier this season with his side sitting eighth in the table.

Fortunately for Forest, they have improved at the back under Martin O’Neill, keeping a clean sheet against Preston North End on Saturday.

Martin O'Neill of Nottingham Forest looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and  Brentford at City Ground on February 09, 2019 in Nottingham, England.

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