Newly appointed Aberdeen chairman Dave Cornack has given Nottingham Forest a clear indication of defender Scott McKenna’s future.
Sabri Lamouchi’s side were linked with McKenna during the summer, whilst the defender also attracted interest from a large number of clubs, including Celtic, Hull City, Stoke City and Swansea City.
Forest are believed to have put forward an offer worth £3m in the summer, whilst Premier League side Aston Villa are said to have a bid rejected.
McKenna handed in a transfer request on deadline day, but instead remained with the Scottish Premier League side and his performances this season so far are expected to see a number of sides make a move in January.
Forest’s defence has been in excellent form this season under Lamouchi, but recent results which have seen Forest drop out of the play-off places – may see the Frenchman opt to bring in some more options across his squad.
Aberdeen chairman Cornack is fully aware of McKenna’s close exit in the summer and he has discussed the upcoming transfer window and whether or not the defender could leave Pittodrie.
“We are under no pressure to sell anyone and we’ll only do that on our terms,” Cornack told the Press and Journal.
“It doesn’t matter what player it is, we don’t need to sell. Obviously, if there is a substantial return on a player and it makes sense for us then we would consider it.
“But we would only consider it after speaking to Derek McInnes and it makes sense for him, with his ins and outs for the window.
“We are all human beings, players have contracts and like in the case of Scott McKenna there has been interest but not to the level we wanted. Some clubs have felt like it’s just little Aberdeen so they will just accept a tiny wee offer. But we will sell players on our terms.”
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Unsure whether or not Forest actually need a centre-back at present or to improve their defensive line. It seems that the midfield and attacking areas need freshening up.
Lewis Grabban continues to be the only striker at the club having seen Spaniard Rafa Mir fail to establish himself and that could pose a big problem for Forest in the play-off run in.
Priorities need to be in the higher areas of the pitch for Lamouchi and it seems that Aberdeen are holding out for a bigger transfer fee for McKenna, which could be spent elsewhere by Forest.