The man in question is probably not who you thought it would be.

Bournemouth’s Shaun MacDonald and Nottingham Forest’s Michail Antonio in action

Irrespective of what division Nottingham Forest find themselves in next season, one of the issues they’ll need to address is recruiting a holding midfielder – and could do a lot worse than signing Wigan Athletic’s Shaun MacDonald.

David Vaughan and Chris Cohen are both out of contract in the summer, and while decisions need to be made about both players, a tough man in the middle is something Forest have been lacking since Paul McKenna left in 2011.

With Wigan needing a minor miracle to survive in the Championship, it would make a lot of sense for Forest to make a move for one of the best performing defensive midfielders in the division.

MacDonald, a Wales international, only signed for Wigan in the summer, but considering that he was playing Premier League football with Bournemouth prior to this season, it’s unlikely the 28-year-old will want to hang around if/when Wigan drop into League One.

Preston’s Stevie May in action with Bournemouth’s Shaun MacDonald

The 28-year-old would add some much needed steel to Forest’s midfield, while also breaking up play, finding feet and winning his fair share of headers in front of the back four.

It would be very surprising if a defensive midfielder wasn’t on new manager Mark Warburton’s shopping list, and the Reds could do a lot worse than bring MacDonald.

Granted, it wouldn’t exactly be the most eye-popping of transfers, but it’s about time Forest approached the transfer window with sensibility – and MacDonald resembles that. 

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