Hibs director shares what Nottingham Forest offered for John McGinn

Sabri Lamouchi of Nottingham Forest looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and West Bromwich Albion at City Ground on August 03, 2019 in Nottingham,...

John McGinn is starring in the Premier League for Aston Villa these days with a £50m price-tag on the Scotland international's head.

Aston Villa's John McGinn during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Liverpool FC at Villa Park on November 2, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

John McGinn could have quadrupled his wages with a move to Nottingham Forest when he was still at Hibernian, according to the Daily Record – but the Aston Villa talisman wasn’t too disappointed when a potential switch to the City Ground broke down.

McGinn has come a long way in the blinking of an eye. It feels like only yesterday that he was being linked with a bargain move to England’s second tier but now, heading into 2020, he is now an established star both in the Premier League and for the Scottish national team with Aston Villa valuing the all-action Scot at £50 million (The Sun).

That is some £49 million more that Nottingham Forest offered back in the summer of 2017, according to the Scottish Sun.


McGinn was playing for Hibs at the time and the Scottish Premiership side batted away a pair of bids from the two-time European champions, denying McGinn the chance to receive an eye-watering pay rise by swapping Edinburgh for Nottingham.

But it speaks volumes about the affable midfielder that he never complained, got his head down and continued to let his football do the talking.

"I'll never forget the text he sent back," said Hibs sporting director Graeme Mathie, discussing how McGinn responded after that money-spinning move to Nottingham Forest broke down.

John McGinn of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Aston Villa at Molineux on November 10, 2019 in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom.

"He came back and said: 'Look, I get it, this is football, it's no problem at all. I'm loving being at Hibs and I want to have the best season of my career and hopefully get a move to a good club'.

"Let's be honest, while John was committed to Hibs, somebody was potentially offering to give him four or five times his money to take him to the English Championship and us, as a club, had said no to that.

"I thought that was an unbelievable thing for a young man to say."

12 months after Forest missed out, McGinn finally moved south of the border to join Aston Villa, dragging the Midlands giants back to the Premier League during a stunning debut season in claret and blue.

Forest fans everywhere would be forgiven for wondering where they would be right now if McGinn had pulled on the Garibaldi red instead.

Ruben Vinagre of Wolverhampton Wanderers tackles John McGinn of Aston Villa during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Villa Park on...

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