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Aberdeen star defender Scott McKenna is knuckling down at Pittodrie despite a deadline day transfer request, and interest from a number of Championship clubs including Nottingham Forest and QPR.
Dons manager Derek McInnes has freely admitted to the BBC via the Scottish Sun that McKenna was disappointed not to get his dream move south during the summer, and this could encourage potential suitors to come-back in for the player in January.
McInnes said: “He got his game head on and got on with it.
“Obviously a bit of disappointment was there for him but everybody at the club is right behind him and I’m sure the fans will get right behind him as well.
“I think that his performances for us will continue.
“We move towards the next window with him because as I say we’re not going to stop this speculation because he is too good a player.”
“You can tell when someone is a real player and you know what he’s destined for.
“It is a matter of time for him but until the club is satisfied with the valuation being met then he has to continue in doing what he’s done to get that speculation.
So should clubs like Forest and QPR look to re-ignite their interest in January?
“It seems like it’s only a matter of time before McKenna leaves Aberdeen.
“He’s a very good defender and would be a good signing for most teams in the Championship.
“He’s got plenty of experience in the Scottish Premiership, so he should be able to adapt to the physical demands of the Championship very quickly.
“I think he’d be a great signing for the likes of Nottingham Forest and QPR, and if he’s keen on a move away from Aberdeen, then it makes sense for them to try to sign him again in January.
“He’s got three years remaining on his contract at Pittodrie though, so Aberdeen will be in a strong position when it comes to negations and you imagine Championship clubs will have to pay a decent fee to get him.
“It’ll be a no brainer for both Nottingham Forest and QPR to reignite their interest in McKenna in the January transfer window.
“He’s a player that would add some much-needed quality to their back line, and they would be foolish not to submit another offer when the transfer window reopens in 2020.
“He’s really impressed me with Aberdeen and strikes me as the sort of player that is more than capable of adjusting to the physical demands of Championship football for whichever club he chooses to join.
“It seems as though his days with Aberdeen are numbered, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see them cash in on him in January after he revealed his frustrations to McInnes not so long ago after not getting a move away from the club.”
“I think the issue here is the huge fee. Aberdeen are over-valuing their asset. Especially for clubs like Forest and QPR.
“Forest spent a lot last season and are having to be a little more cautious this summer. QPR have already paid the price of a gross overspend, so neither side are going to be willing to take a big risk on McKenna.
“Yes, he’s highly-rated up in Scotland, but with the greatest respect that doesn’t mean an awful lot down here. John McGinn did well here, Dyaln McGeouch didn’t; Scottish players are a bit hit and miss.
“I’m not sure either side should be forced into paying over the odds.”