Nottingham Forest Opinion: Scott McKenna would be a massive coup for Forest
According to Nottinghamshire Live, Nottingham Forest are about to make a renewed attempt to sign Scottish international defender Scott McKenna from Aberdeen this summer, with the report claiming that the two-time European Cup winners are preparing to launch a better bid for the 22-year-old.
Nottingham Forest have had a £3million bid for McKenna turned down by Aberdeen but the City Ground outfit are prepared to use their financial muscle to test the Scottish club’s resolve over the prized academy graduate. (h/t Nottinghamshire Live)
McKenna, who is under contract at Pittodrie until the summer of 2023, has been linked with a move south of the border since the start of the last season but Aberdeen have so far managed to hold onto the 22-year-old defender.
Celtic and Hull City were rebuffed in their pursuit of the highly-rated centre-back last summer, whilst Aston Villa had a £6.5million offer turned down by Aberdeen, who were apparently not keen to do any business involving McKenna. (h/t Nottinghamshire Live)
However, it seems now that Forest are prepared to push harder to get a deal over the line for the 22-year-old, who has been widely acclaimed as one of the best emerging talents in Scotland, although Aberdeen are still very much in a strong negotiating position.
Forest started off their summer business with the dismissal of former manager Martin O’Neill and the subsequent appointment of Sabro Lamouchi as the new face at the helm of affairs at the City Ground.
And the Frenchman has already bagged quite a few scalps in the transfer window as he looks to try and build a squad in his own image.
Along with another triple raid on the Portuguese market to bring in the likes of Alfa Semedo, Yuri Ribeiro and Tiago Silva, Forest have strengthened their forward line with the acquisition of Sammy Ameobi and Albert Adomah on free transfers.
Arijanet Muric has been brought in on loan from Man City to increase competition for places between the sticks.
Forest though, have also lost quite a few players this summer, with the likes of Karim Ansarifard, Hillel Soudani, Apostolos Vellios, Ben Osborn, as well as loanees Pele, Saidy Janko and Molla Wague all departing the club.
As evident from those transfer dealings, Forest have strived to improve several areas of their squad this summer and the fans have every reason to anticipate a few more arrivals before the deadline.
With that in mind, however, central defence is one area where Forest currently do not need to invest in, given the abundance of defensive talent already in the ranks at the City Ground.
Forest are likely to have the services of Yohan Benalouane, Alexander Milosevic, Joe Worrall, Jack Robinson, Michael Hefele and Michael Dawson at the heart of the backline for the upcoming campaign.
Hence, if Lamouchi is looking to bring in another centre-back, he should bring in an upgrade on his current options and look to get a few players off the books in order to accommodate a fresh face.
To put things into perspective, Scott McKenna is, indeed, one of the best centre-backs north of the border and it is easy to see that signing him would be a massive statement of intent from Forest, who are expected to reignite their surge for promotion this season.
The 22-year-old 6ft 3in gigantic centre-back has already earned rave reviews for his strength, aerial ability and game-reading attributes, and he seemingly has all the qualities to carve out a reputation for himself in the EFL Championship.
Having spent time at Ayr United and Alloa Athletic on loan earlier in his career, McKenna has established himself as one of the mainstays of Aberdeen’s backline over the past two seasons, scoring 4 goals in 81 appearances in all competitions.
Still only 22, the centre-back has got enough time on his side to adapt his game to match the requirements of playing in a more competitive league.
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Keeping that in mind, Forest could have a gem on their hands in the future if McKenna goes on to fulfil his potential at the City Ground. This doesn’t look like a risky move and in all honesty, it should be a no-brainer for Forest to go all out in their pursuit of the 22-year-old.