Nottingham Forest are one of six clubs in the market for St Johnstone defender Jamie McCart, according to The Scottish Sun.

The Reds will rival Sunderland, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley and Hibs for his signature. McCart is also being eyed by Belgian outfit Royale Union Saint-Gilloise.

The overseas outfit will play in the top-flight for the first time in 48 years next season and want the defender to bolster their ranks.

Hibs have already tested the water. An opening offer of £200,000 was rejected by St Johnstone and Hibs are now preparing another move.

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McCart is a former Celtic youth player. He was released in 2018 and subsequently joined Inverness. From there he joined St Johnstone.

The 24-year-old played 48 games last season. He helped Callum Davidson’s team to glory in both cup competitions.

He does actually have one Celtic appearance to his name, although he left Parkhead without making much of an impact on the first team.

McCart is a central defender and perhaps that’s an area of the squad Chris Hughton would like to strengthen.

Forest must eye contingency plans in the event of a Premier League club paying the club’s valuation for defender Joe Worrall.

Scott McKenna, Loic Mbe Soh and Tobias Figueiredo are the club’s other central defensive options.

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The Reds could target a bigger name were Worrall to leave this summer. It’s not completely unreasonable to suggest they might move anyway though.

McCart is at a nice age and has bags of time to continue his development. He boasts a decent frame for a defender and after St Johnstone’s cup exploits would be on the crest of a wave.

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McKenna is a mainstay in the Forest team but there are definitely doubts over Mbe Soh and Figueiredo.

Forest have high hopes for former FIFA Golden Boy nominee, Mbe Soh, but is’s not unthinkable to suggest he might go on loan.

Figueiredo has just a year left to run on his deal and if an interested party comes forward he may well leave during the window.

One departure could open the door for McCart to come to the City Ground – but it might not necessarily have to be Worrall.

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