Manchester City have rejected an £8 million offer from Brighton for Nottingham Forest loan target James McAtee, according to The Athletic.

Forest were one of several Championship clubs looking to take a chance on McAtee during the summer transfer window.

Pep Guardiola decided against loaning out the 18-year-old and he’s now in and around the first team on a daily basis.

He recently made his debut for the Citizens in the Carabao Cup and has been nothing short of brilliant in Premier League 2.

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The young midfielder has found the net 10 times already this season for the under-23s, registering two assists also.

He is clearly a big player for the future and was recently an unused substitute for City in the Champions League defeat to PSG.

Now, it would seem as though there is Premier League interest in the teenager ahead of the January transfer window reopening.

Forest will likely go in search of two or three players. Boss Steve Cooper will want to put his own mark on the squad; whilst some could also leave the City Ground.

In the end, it proved a pretty busy summer for the Reds. Several new players were added, although, given the post-pandemic landscape, lots of primary targets were missed out on.

Forest might have now missed the boat with regards to McAtee.

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If there is one thing the new Forest head coach has, it’s the ability to spot and then nurture young talent.

Cooper has done that time and time again during his career and that should bode well for the Reds going forward.

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McAtee’s stock has now risen since the Forest interest and ultimately, the club will have to look elsewhere.

Others will be available though and after getting the best out of Marc Guehi, Rhian Brewster and Conor Gallagher at Swansea, Cooper will now hope to work his coaching magic at Forest.

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