According to reports, Championship club Aston Villa are plotting a potential move for Scotland midfielder John McGinn and a deal could get completed before end of this month.
McGinn, who ply his trade for Scottish Premiership side Hibernian, is on Villa’s want list as they are considering acquisitions for bargains north of the border, according to the Daily Record.
However, Villa will need to sell players in order to fall in line with Financial Fair Play rules this summer and will also look to bring down wage bill. Selling will see them in need adding to their rank and the club’s recruitment team are said to have lined up McGinn as an option.
Hibs has placed a huge £5m price tag on McGinn who has been capped nine times by Scotland having made his international debut in 2016.
It’s also believed that Old Firm rivals Celtic and Rangers have also been linked with the 23-year-old, who has registered a total of 43 appearances for Celtic last season, netting six goals and registering eight assists.
According to Hibernian chief executive Leeane Dempster, he admitted that the club expect to welcome interest for their star assest during the transfer window.
Dempster said as quoted via Sky Sports:
“John’s value is in the team. If John doesn’t go in the transfer window this season, I won’t be disappointed.
“Neil won’t be disappointed, the supporters won’t be disappointed. We don’t live and die by transfer fees.
“If we were to receive a transfer fee for a player of some significance, of course that would be welcome. That is balanced by the impact it would have on the team.
“John’s a magnificent young player. I would be very surprised if we’re not tested by a number of clubs.”
McGinn joined Hibs in 2015 from St Mirren and has registered 130 appearances for the Easter Road club ever since joining them.