By Mark Smith

1st Nov, 2022 | 9:10am

Nottingham Forest were aggressive in talks surrounding a permanent bid to sign Leeds United winger Crysencio Summerville, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist shared that the Dutchman was not interested in leaving Elland Road permanently though, especially after signing a new long-term contract.

Anderlecht were another interested club, but that was if a loan move became possible in the window, which in the end, it didn’t under Jesse Marsch.

Writing in his latest piece for The Athletic, Hay shared that rival interest was more than just talk throughout the summer for the young winger.

“Contract talks were opened with him and parts of the negotiations revolved around Leeds’ immediate plans for him,” he wrote. “Summerville was happy to sign on to 2026 and did so in early August, but if he wasn’t going to play then a loan made more sense to him.

“Anderlecht were one of the sides interested in taking him. Nottingham Forest, newly promoted from the Championship, were understood to have been aggressive in talking about permanent bids for Summerville, but he was not interested in leaving Elland Road full-time.”

No chance.

Summerville stayed in the end, and that has been justified massively already.

A couple of starts in the Premier League later and goals against both Fulham and Liverpool have left the young wonder feeling on top of the world.

Jesse Marsch has been brave in his selection too, picking an unproven player at this level at Anfield took guts, but ultimately, it paid off massively.

With aggressive talks being held, this was nearly on the table but thankfully, it looks as though all parties were more than happy to continue together with a long-term contract then being signed.

Luis Sinisterra is set to come back from his injury soon and it will be interesting to see the pecking order once that happens, with the Whites having plenty of options.

The decision to allow Dan James to leave on loan over someone like Summerville raised a few eyebrows this summer, but it has been justified now, easily.

In other Leeds United news, this player could be first in the Elland Road boardroom as new contract talks may take centre stage