John McGinn has told The Big Interview with Graham Hunter that he was close to joining Nottingham Forest.
The Scotland international has become a fine player at Aston Villa and proved an instant success in the Premier League.
During the 2018/19 campaign he scored nine goals and registered 12 assists as Dean Smith’s team won promotion.
He was performing exceptionally well in the top-flight during 2019/20 but was cruelly sidelined for a large chunk of it through injury.
The midfielder has returned to form this season though, with Smith’s men enjoying a far better campaign.
McGinn has now explained, how close he came to joining the Reds before penning terms at Villa Park.
He told The Big Interview with Graham Hunter: “The summer before (joining Aston Villa), I was very close to going to Nottingham Forest on deadline day.
“Ironically it was Mark Warburton who was in charge at the time. But on deadline day it was tough because you have to balance when this opportunity was coming around. I was loving my time at Hibs, but I wanted to test myself at a higher level.
“Full credit to my agent at the time, it would have been easy for him to do what I was being pressurised by Forest to do and push through the move, but it’s not in my nature, it’s not what I wanted to do and he was fully on-board with that.”
Did Forest miss a trick with McGinn?
Ultimately it looks as though they did, although it sounds like it wasn’t through a lack of trying on the club’s part.
It sounds as though Forest were desperate to take him to the City Ground but the player was keen to bide his time.
Sadly, Jason Cummings and Barrie McKay who were added from Scotland by Warburton never looked remotely like making a big impact.
Both were capable but struggled to replicate their form in Scotland in the Championship with Forest.
McGinn is now a £50m-rated player in the eyes of Villa and Forest would have dearly welcomed the left-footed star at the City Ground.