Nottingham Forest defender Scott McKenna has told The Athletic that he spends every training session trying to avoid Keinan Davis.

The battering ram of a striker opened the scoring for Forest on Saturday during a 2-0 win over Birmingham City.

Forest now sit third in the Championship and are firmly in the mix to challenge for a place in the end of season play-offs.

Making the top two does look unlikely. Bournemouth are six points clear of Forest, although the two teams do have to play each other.

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Davis has proved a revelation of a signing since checking in during the January transfer window from Aston Villa.

He scored his fifth goal for the Reds during Saturday’s win and as a Villa player, he clearly enjoyed winding the Blues faithful up.

McKenna has made an amusing claim following the win at the weekend and he’s suggested he wants no part of him during training.

He told The Athletic: “I know I would not like to be an opposition defender, looking at those three boys (Grabban, Surridge and Lolley) coming on at the same time — particularly not when you have had Keinan pummeling you.

“I try to stay away from Keinan in training — as far away as possible. But he makes my job so much easier.

“You know you can roll the ball into his feet and he will just protect it. He can spin defenders, he is so difficult to deal with.”

McKenna is right and Forest have to go all-in for Davis

Signing the Villa man looks realistic in the summer. It has been claimed in the past that Steven Gerrard could be prepared to let the big man leave the Premier League outfit.

It’s not clear at this stage what Davis would cost but whatever the price, Forest have to consider themselves interested in the player.

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Davis is a real battering ram of a striker and brings a different option to the table. He has managed to cling to his place in the team, despite Lewis Grabban and Sam Surridge waiting in the wings.

At 24, Davis has bags of time to fulfil his potential and Forest need to make sure he develops with them beyond next season.

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