Nottingham Forest failed in their attempts to sign John McGinn in 2017 and now he’s wanted by Premier League giants Liverpool.
According to The Sunday Post (Post Match pull-out: 20/06; p2), the Aston Villa man is being courted by the Reds and Manchester United.
Villa ended up paying around £2 million to sign McGinn and he’s grown into a really good footballer.
He helped the club to the Premier League during 2018/19 and then helped them keep their top-flight status during 2019/20.
The left-footed star has been an integral part of Dean Smith’s team. Last season he scored three times and registered six assists from 37 games in the Premier League.
McGinn starred as Scotland drew 0-0 with England at Wembley on Friday. It was the 35th appearance that the 26-year-old has made for his country.
The report claims that £20 million could be enough to prise him away from Villa, although that does seem somewhat speculative.
After going from strength to strength since joining Villa, it would be perfectly normal for the club to value him higher.
McGinn has played 11 times for the Villans and is on a contract worth £50,000-a-week.
Forest not landing McGinn has cost club a fortune
The Reds have done some mediocre business in the transfer market but this failed transfer probably tops the lot.
Of course, hindsight is a wonderful thing. McGinn was a player with bags of potential though and it’s no surprise he’s kicked on at Villa.
He has a wand of a left-foot and is a tireless performer with bags of energy.
Forest would have landed a player rated extremely highly and perhaps more crucially one with a significant sell-on value.
Villa now have a player worth a fortune on their books and they look like having a decision to make this summer.
For Forest, they will count the cost of failing to pay Hibs what they wanted for McGinn back in 2017.