Nottingham Forest have made an offer to take Aberdeen defender Luke Turner on trial, according to a report by The Daily Record.
The 19-year-old has risen through the ranks with the Scottish Premiership outfit; although he hasn’t yet made his debut for the club.
During the 2019/20 campaign, he’s been on loan with Northern Irish outfit Cliftonville and there he’s produced some strong form.
Cliftonville finished second in the league standings, with Turner making 43 appearances in all competitions and scoring two goals.
This wouldn’t be the first time that Forest have raided Aberdeen for a central defender. In 2020 they paid an initial £3 million to sign Scott McKenna from the SPL outfit.
The 25-year-old has been a revelation for the Reds. His form during the 2021/22 campaign has made him a strong pick for the Player of the Year accolade.
His form with Cliftonville has drawn praise from boss Paddy McLaughlin. He called him a ‘revelation’ back in February following a fine performance against Warrenpoint Town.
Turner is available to sign for Forest on a free transfer. He hasn’t played for Aberdeen yet and as a result, he’s likely to be released during the summer.
The uncompromising central defender won the Northern Irish Premiership Young Player of the Year award for his performances during 2021/22.
Forest make offer for Turner and he will want to emulate McKenna
For Turner, this would be a brilliant move. Coming through the youth ranks at Aberdeen he will have looked up to McKenna and soon he could be rubbing shoulders with him.
It’s perhaps surprising that Aberdeen aren’t willing to persist with the centre-back a little while longer as he clearly has some talent.
Forest always seem to have eyes and ears on what’s happening in Northern Ireland. Dale Taylor is just one of several players from the nation currently performing in the Forest academy.
On a free transfer, Turner looks like he could be a useful addition, although it’s perhaps likely to he will begin his City Ground journey with the under-23 outfit.