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Exclusive: Ian Holloway talks up Aston Villa star and reveals how he nearly signed him at QPR

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Aston Villa take on Nottingham Forest this evening in the reversal of the game that ended up 5-5 at Villa Park this season.

The Villans have a chance of making the top six this campaign, too, but will need their best players to come to the fore in the coming weeks.

John McGinn falls into that bracket, then, but it appears the midfielder could have ended up at Loftus Road and QPR had Ian Holloway had his way.

The former R’s boss revealed to us exclusively:

“That’s one of my saddest moments because I thought we had him coming to QPR in the summer when I was still there.

“We might have lost him anyway to Aston Villa but we felt he was that good and the reports said that he was a bargain.

“All I can say is that I used to regularly read the scout reports on him and I’m not surprised to see how good he is.

“The great thing about him is the kind of person he is as well.

“Rain or shine, he’s got the quality, he puts a foot in and he does it all, he’s got everything.

“Will he go to Leicester, who knows? But if I was Villa I certainly wouldn’t to lose him.

“If I was him I would probably stick with Villa too.”

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