Martin O'Neill wants to sign James McClean for Nottingham Forest 9 months ago

Martin O'Neill wants to sign James McClean for Nottingham Forest

Both parties are said to be keen on getting the deal done.

New Nottingham Forest manager Martin O'Neill wants to sign James McClean.

The pair worked together for over five-years during O'Neill's stint as Republic of Ireland manager, and McClean was one of his most trusted players. The winger scored all 10 of his international goals under the new Forest boss.

O'Neill, when he was Sunderland manager, also gave McClean his debut in English football.

The Derry native is currently playing for Stoke City, after joining the Championship side from West Bromwich Albion for £5m last summer.

McClean was a regular under Gary Rowett but has found playing time limited under his successor Nathan Jones. The former Wigan Athletic winger has been on the bench since Jones took charge.

The new Stoke coach found success using a midfield diamond when he was the manager of Luton Town, which suggests that he doesn't see a place for McClean in his Stoke side.

However, O'Neill could offer him an escape route.

According to Football Insider, the new Forest manager wants to sign McClean this month, with both the player and O'Neill keen on getting the transfer completed.

Stoke may also be open to the deal to help add transfer funds.

O'Neill lost his first game as Forest manager on Saturday afternoon, falling to a 1-0 defeat to Bristol City at the City Ground.

McClean came on as a second-half substitute as Stoke beat Championship leaders Leeds United 2-1 at the bet365 Stadium.