Nottingham Forest continue to be linked with Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, but being dragged into a bidding war with Championship rivals makes little sense.

The clock is very much ticking on the summer transfer window.

More fresh faces are wanted, and needed.

Will they be delivered before the 5pm deadline on Thursday?

Who will be targeted and which areas will be prioritised?

It could be that McKenna is welcomed to the City Ground before the latest market packs up and moves on – with talkSPORT reporting that he has handed in a transfer request.

Forest, though, should avoid wasting too much time, energy and funding in that pursuit.

After all, another centre-half is hardly a top priority.

As things stand, the Reds are, along with QPR, considered to be leading the chase.

Offer

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Hull City, Stoke, Aston Villa and Celtic are also said to be keen on McKenna.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has said in the Scottish Sun of the battle to land the 22-year-old defender: “There was a fresh offer.

“I don’t know if there was a written offer from Nottingham Forest but there certainly was from QPR on Friday – but clearly it wasn’t enough.

“It was a slight increase and it was structured in a certain way but it was not enough for the club to accept.

“Scott’s had a lot to contend with but his performances have been great.

“It’s up to the buying club to make my chairman think differently but as it stands Scott will remain with us.”

Forest may chance their arm again.

It may, however, be that only one more question is worth asking of Aberdeen.

Should the answers they are hoping for not be forthcoming, or another edge to the front of the queue, then walk away.

Sabri Lamouchi already has at least five options at his disposal to fill centre-half berths.

Choice

 

Michael Dawson and Joe Worrall got the nod against West Brom.

Alex Milosevic and Tobias Figueiredo would be the choice for many, while Yohan Benalouane – a matter of months on from his derby heroics – will be in the mix at some stage.

Is McKenna needed?

Would he represent a major upgrade on those already in an inflated squad?

If funds are available before Thursday, then there would appear to be more pressing needs.

Another right-back is required, ensuring that Matty Cash is no more than a stop-gap.

More firepower is also an obvious priority, with Lewis Grabban barely getting a kick against the Baggies as Forest look for competition and assistance to No. 7.

With that in mind, moving on from McKenna may be the best approach.

Let others finish that fight and go and start another instead.

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