Nottingham Forest are set to miss out on the signing of Manchester City starlet James McAtee. Reports from the Daily Mail claim that the boy wonder is set to sign for Sheffield United on loan for the 2021/22 campaign.

McAtee had been a wanted man. Forest were thought to be keen, with Leeds United also linked with the signing of the attacking midfielder this summer. Bournemouth and Villarreal also held a tentative interest in the player.

At 19-years-old, McAtee is one of the country’s top burgeoning talents. He made his Manchester City debut last season and was hailed as ‘exceptional’ by Citizens boss Pep Guardiola.

Forest miss out on McAtee
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Now, the Blades look set to win the race to sign him on a season-long loan. Paul Henckingbottom saw his toothless team lose 1-0 at Watford in their season curtain-raiser and better quality is needed in the final third.

McAtee was a real menace for opposition defenders at under-23 level last season. He scored two hat-tricks against Blackburn and Manchester United, finishing the season with 18 goals from 23 appearances in the team.

Sheffield United will hope to wrap this deal up pretty quickly. From a Forest perspective, it will be a case of back to the drawing board in their quest to bolster their attacking options.

Forest to miss out on McAtee and another attacker is needed

Although it’s perhaps not the end of the world to miss out on McAtee; the Reds do have work to do in the market. Jesse Lingard has been added as a number 10 but another option will definitely be required to come into the squad.

Forest have a pretty steady 11 going into their first month of the Premier League campaign. The depth looks somewhat short, however. As a result, Steve Cooper will surely want more players added to his ranks before the window slams shut.

Forest miss out on McAtee
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Cooper has a sound track record of working with young players. As a result, it’s perhaps a little disappointing that the Reds haven’t tried a little bit harder to get this deal over the line ahead of the new season.

Forest look unlikely to sign anyone else before Saturday now. Once the Newcastle test is out of the way, however, the recruitment side of things will need ramping up once again.

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