Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna has been heavily linked with a move away from Pittodrie. Now his boss Derek McInnes has admitted he is unsure whether the defender will be a Don for much longer.
The Daily Record recently claimed that Nottingham Forest and QPR had tabled bids of roughly £3 million for the defender.
The Scottish Sun recently reported that QPR had dropped out of the race to sign McKenna, leaving Forest at the front of the queue.
McInnes has confirmed he is unsure where McKenna will be come the end of the transfer window.
He told the Daily Record: “Will Scott be on the plane? Who knows, but as it stands if there is no other action he will be. There was a fresh offer.
“I don’t know if there was a written offer from Nottingham Forest but there certainly was from QPR on Friday – but clearly it was not enough. It was a slight increase and it was structured in a certain way but it was not enough for the club to accept.”
“It’s up to the buying club to make my chairman think differently but as it stands Scott will remain with us.”
McKenna interest clearly has Aberdeen boss McInnes worried
Under no circumstances will McInnes want to lose his best centre-half. Not only is he a fine young talent, but Aberdeen have next to no options outwith McKenna currently.
The 22-year-old is the only fit centre-back at the club, following injuries to Mikey Devlin and Ash Taylor.
Losing McKenna before Thursday’s crucial Europa League tie with Rijeka would mean Aberdeen may go into that game with a fit central defender.
The bid has to be reasonable though. The original £3 million that was touted simply isn’t enough. The Dons, according to the Scottish Sun, rejected £7 million for McKenna last year.
Surely they’ll be looking for more than that at least? McKenna has matured as a defender and has became a regular international pick for Scotland since that bid.
However, it seems like there is serious interest in him. Why else would McInnes say ‘who knows’ when asked about the defender’s future?
On potential alone, McKenna would be a decent addition to Sabri Lamouchi’s Forest side. With central defenders Michael Dawson, Joe Worrall, Alex Milosevic, Tobias Figueiredo and Yohan Benalouane all at the club, does McKenna even get in the starting XI?
McInnes for one seems slightly concerned that McKenna may be prised away from Pittodrie in the very near future.