Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes has revealed that Nottingham Forest target Scott McKenna was left slightly disappointed not to secure a move away.
The Reds were among a clutch of clubs keen on landing the highly-rated Scotland defender this summer. McInnes has told the Scottish Sun that it’s inevitable the defender will leave the club eventually.
Nottingham Forest boss Sabri Lamouchi was certainly busy in the transfer market this summer. He added another two new faces to his squad on Deadline Day in the form of Chema Rodríguez and John Bostock.
It first emerged that the Reds were interested in the centre-back when the Scottish Sun reported that they had seen a bid of £3 million rejected by Aberdeen.
According to the Daily Record, the Reds were ready to test Aberdeen’s resolve again by making another bid for the defender. However, the addition of Rodríguez suggests they gave up on their pursuit.
McInnes has recently admitted that the 22-year-old is slightly disappointed to not have secured a move away.
The Reds weren’t the only side chasing the defender. The likes of Hull City and Celtic were also interested (Scottish Sun).
Speaking recently to the Scottish Sun, McInnes said: “It’s a matter of time for him, but until the club is satisfied with the valuation being met then he has to continue in doing what he’s done to get that speculation.
“Obviously a bit of disappointment was there for him but everybody at the club is right behind him and I’m sure the fans will get right behind him as well.
“We move towards the next window with him because as I say we’re not going to stop this speculation because he is too good a player.”
It remains to be seen whether the Reds will reignite their interest in the defender in a few months time. However, it’s certainly an area where the Reds already have numerous options.
Lamouchi has the likes of Joe Worrall, Michael Dawson, Tobias Figueiredo, Alexander Milošević, Chema Rodríguez, Michael Hefele and Yohan Benalouane currently in his squad. That’s more than enough options moving forward.
There’s no doubt that McKenna has a bright future ahead of him, but the Reds would be better off investing elsewhere in the squad.