Nottingham Forest handed emphatic response after bid for top-flight playmaker - Sky Sports
By Danny Wright
Nottingham Forest have had a bid emphatically rejected by Hibernian for midfielder John McGinn, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed in their live transfer blog on Sunday [11:45am] that Hibs rebuffed an approach from the Reds, who seem to be eager to do more business before Thursday’s transfer deadline day having already poached Jason Cummings from the Scottish top-flight club this summer.
Glasgow-born McGinn, 22, was one of the key men behind Hibernian’s promotion to the Scottish Premiership last season as he was involved in 15 goals across all competitions.
The Scottish playmaker, who has already supplied two assists in seven appearances this term, scored five goals and created 10 as the Edinburgh club won the Scottish Championship title.
It seems that this report bid from Forest has come out of nowhere, with the latest bookmakers’ odds suggesting that they weren’t in the running to sign him.
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Celtic (2/1) were favourites to land the three-times Scotland international on Saturday, while Rangers (8/1) are also in the running.
Football Insider Verdict
McGinn is definitely a player that Mark Warburton will know a lot about from his time at Rangers. The Scottish playmaker would be a brilliant addition to the Forest squad and would also represent someone who could work out to be a good investment in the future. It’s been a very good summer for the Reds so far and Warburton looks to have put his poor transfer business at Rangers behind him to really lift the East Midlands side from being a relegation candidate to someone who can finish in the top-half. It’s definitely a positive time to be a supporter of Nottingham Forest and McGinn coming in would no doubt add to that.
In other Nottingham Forest news, this Championship contract rebel is at the top of the Reds’ shopping list as another bid is readied for an international.