Nottingham Forest are set to further test Aberdeen’s resolve over central defender Scott McKenna, according to the Daily Record.

On Sunday it was reported in the Sunday Mail that both Forest and QPR had failed with bids of £3 million for the uncompromising Scot.

The 22-year-old has played 80 times for the Dons having risen through the academy ranks at Pittodrie.

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He boasts 12 caps for the Scotland national team and has the qualities to adapt to English football.

The Reds will have a bit of money to play with following Friday’s departure of Ben Osborn and will increase their offer for McKenna.

Forest are fairly well stocked in the central defensive department. At present, Michael Dawson, Joe Worrall, Alex Milosevic, Tobias Figueiredo and Yohan Benalouane are in place.

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It is perhaps a surprise that Forest are persuing another central defender.

If McKenna does sign on the dotted line at the City Ground it seems likely that one or two defenders could leave before the transfer deadline.

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Forest’s squad is somewhat bloated and trimming it down must be a priority.

On the scale of it, however, McKenna would represent a reasonable addition to Sabri Lamouchi’s ranks.

He is tall, strong in the tackle, good in the air and is comfortable playing out from the back.

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