Martin O’Neill is on the hunt for a left-back this summer, with Nottingham Forest being linked with Martin Olsson and Caner Cavlan of Austria Wien. The Reds are also looking at Nathan McGinley of Forest Green Rovers but could have a lot of competition for his signature.
The Reds manager has Jack Robinson and Ben Osborn capable of playing at left-back, but neither players are naturals in the role. Robinson has operated at centre-back under O’Neill while Osborn has played in midfield. Danny Fox’s sale to Wigan Athletic in January left Forest short at the back and O’Neill is trying to rectify the situation with McGinley.
The 22-year-old initially joined FGR on loan from Middlesbrough in August 2018 and turned the move permanent in January 2019. McGinley made a total of 45 appearances in all competitions for Rovers, contributing one goal, and helping them reach the League Two playoffs.
The left-back’s form in 2018/19 has led to a lot of interest, however, which could hamper Forest’s chances of landing their man – McGinley has Bristol City, Huddersfield and Swansea City weighing up a move this summer. Forest do have their eye on other targets, but McGinley could have been a cheaper alternative.