Nottingham Forest have missed out on Weston McKennie with the Juventus midfielder now heading to Leeds United instead.

McKennie has been the source of many rumours over the last week.

The 24-year-old has started 13 Serie A games this season but hasn’t been a key player in Turin.

Juventus have seemingly decided to let the American international leave and a Premier League move has been floated.

Arsenal were linked in recent days but it’s Leeds United who appear to have won the race.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Leeds are paying a €1.2million (£1million) loan fee with a permanent option set at €33million (£29million), taking the total deal to £30million.

Yet this has only come after rumours of a Forest hijack started to gather pace this weekend.

The Athletic reported on Saturday that Forest were considering a last-gasp attempt to sign McKennie ahead of Leeds.

Forest were seemingly too late though as Leeds have now got their deal agreed and McKennie is heading for Elland Road.

The move does make sense; Leeds already have a strong American contingent with manager Jesse Marsch as well as midfielders Tyler Adams and Brenden Aaronson.

Add in the off-field influence of 49ers Enterprises and McKennie joining the American contingent seems ideal.

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Forest only just brought in a new midfielder this month with Danilo added from Palmeiras, but maybe Steve Cooper thinks he needs another option.

Lewis O’Brien could leave in the coming days, Cheikhou Kouyate is out injured and Ryan Yates missed the game against Manchester United.

Maybe Forest will move for another midfielder before the transfer deadline with Cooper not wanting to be left short between now and the end of the season.

Forest will have to move on to other targets though with McKennie seemingly out of reach, but this attempt again just shows the kind of ambition Forest are showing in the transfer market.

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