Nottingham Forest will consider a loan move for Burnley defender Ben Gibson if they fail to land Scott McKenna, according to the Daily Record.
The uncompromising central defender joined the Clarets for £15 million last summer but only played one Premier League game.
That could see him leave on loan during the current transfer window.
Forest also hold a torch for McKenna. The Daily Record reported that a £3 million bid was rejected by Aberdeen, with the Reds considering a fresh swoop.
Despite Gibson’s struggles last season he is a proven Championship performer and would complement Forest’s squad.
It does seem a little surprising that boss Sabri Lamouchi is targeting a central defender. The Reds currently have a plethora of options in that area and a new arrival will surely spell departures for some.
It would appear that if you offered Forest fans the choice between McKenna and Gibson, the vast majority would plump for the Burnley man.
The 26-year-old has 148 Championship appearances to his name so it is little surprise the supporters fancy him as a good signing.
Many fans took to Twitter following the link to his signature.
Here is a selection of tweets from Forest fans eager to see the Reds snap up the former England Under-21 international:
If McKenna Deal Disney Go Through Ben Gibson Would Be A Great Signing,Loads If Championship Experience And A Quality Centre Half #NFFC
— NFFC4EVER (@cookenffc) July 29, 2019
Not sure who this McKenna bloke is or how good he but surely I'm not the only one who would rather see us sign Ben Gibson instead #NFFC
— kane (@kanextooley) July 29, 2019
Ben Gibson #nffc now that’s a proper no nonsense centre back!!
— William Eaton (@WS19Eaton) July 28, 2019
Ben Gibson’s name been mentioned. Sign him we have a real chance!! Him and Milo could play majority of games this season #NFFC
— ForestMaddd (@ForestMaddd) July 28, 2019
Says we’ll go for Ben Gibson if Aberdeen want to much, would prefer Gibson
— Jason (@Jcov1998) July 28, 2019
Rather have Ben Gibson
— Michael Cooper (@mikecoop82) July 28, 2019
Would rather Ben Gibson but would take McKenna.
— Sam George (@samgeorge1936) July 29, 2019
Don't think we can afford this Scottish lad, and by all accounts prem teams want Gibson! Show's why we shop abroad. #nffc
— Scott Harding (@ScottHa26547799) July 29, 2019
Other than McKenna or Gibson, both of whom I'd be delighted with,
Anyone else on the horizon? #nffc
— Shaun (@lostsi7ver) July 29, 2019