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Town Bid for Hibs Midfielder Rejected
Sunday, 25th Jun 2017 10:09

Town are reported to have had a bid of around £1 million for Hibernian midfielder John McGinn rejected by the Edinburgh club.

According to the Scottish Sunday Mail, the Blues made the offer for the 22-year-old Scotland international last week but it was immediately rejected by the Scottish Premiership club. Town’s bid is said to be well short of the Easter Road club’s valuation.

Glasgow-born McGinn, who has two years left on his Hibs contract, started his career with St Mirren, with whom he made his debut in October 2012, before joining the Hibees in 2015. Since then he has made 82 starts and five sub appearances, scoring 10 times.

Primarily a central midfielder, although also operating on the left, 5ft 10in tall McGinn has won three full Scotland caps in addition to appearances at U19 and U21 levels.

Previously, Celtic, Aston Villa, Sunderland and West Brom have all been linked with McGinn with reports valuing him at around the £1.5 million mark.

The midfielder is part of a Scottish footbal dynasty with one brother Stephen currently with St Mirren and another, Paul, with Chesterfield. Their grandfather, Jack McGinn, was the chairman of Celtic and president of the Scottish Football Association.

Town boss Mick McCarthy is keen to add to his central midfield options this summer with Jonathan Douglas, loanee Toumani Diagouraga and Giles Coke having moved on at the end of the season and Kevin Bru told he can move on if he can find another club.

McCarthy is keen to see Emyr Huws, who impressed during a loan spell during the second half of last season, return to Portman Road on a permanent basis, while we understand the Blues are also monitoring another former loanee, Ryan Tunnicliffe, who is a free agent having been released by Fulham in May.

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Mark added 10:18 - Jun 25
That's a more exciting link, especially given our crucial need to improve the midfield. I hope we can get him or someone like him rather than hearing at the end of August that we submitted six figure bids for midfielders which were rejected.

Carberry added 10:19 - Jun 25
Looks like £1m is our limit, that won't help recruitment.

OwainG1992 added 10:20 - Jun 25
At least we are trying to spend money on players at not ages that are too old.

TimmyH added 10:22 - Jun 25
Yes agree probably the sort of player we need in midfield (even though I don't know much about him)...surprised it's a seven figure offer (supposedly) that we've put in but sounds like we are some way off the mark.

Michael11 added 10:22 - Jun 25
That's quite promising. A good age, central midfielder who appears to get goals. Pleased that it looks like we're targeting players that we need and not just going after freebies. I hope this is in addition to signing Huws and not because that's not going to happen now.

12th_Man added 10:22 - Jun 25
I think we are giving up on Huws

TractorWood added 10:25 - Jun 25
I read that as we are going to end up with Tunnicliffe.

TimboLimbo added 10:40 - Jun 25
Has anyone heard much about him/know if he's any good? Don't watch much Scottish football so can't tell if he's worth that money

Lightningboy added 10:43 - Jun 25
Stop faffing around - get a deal for Huws sorted before it's too late.

mojo added 10:45 - Jun 25
Carberry - not if the 1.6 mil for Danny Ward plus player was true.

bluearmy78 added 10:59 - Jun 25
I live in the North of Scotland & by what I read in the local papers the boy is absolutely class! Only 22 & has already got 3 full International caps, Celtic were heavily linked last season. His wages will I'm guessing be easily affordable so let's get a deal done, I'm hoping the 1 mil bid was just to test the water. He's still got 2 years on his contract & St Mirren have a 30% sell on clause, Hibs only paid them £150k compo. Get this boy in & then get Huws, this should be a good season if these deals get done. COYB!!

iaintaylorx added 11:01 - Jun 25
This would be a good signing. Just offer the extra £500k or whatever it takes and be done with it!

Is ME feeling okay too??

Seasider added 11:03 - Jun 25
But we still lost out on Ward mojo,which I regret is all becoming par for the course with Ipswich these days.

PMK added 11:12 - Jun 25
Any midfielder we sign will only end up with chronic neck ache anyway.

Kentish_Tractor added 11:13 - Jun 25
To be fair with Ward, even if you take money out of the equation completely, I can see why he wanted to go to Cardiff as Warnock is manager there (Warnock managed Ward at Rotherham too and apparently they get on very well).

bluearmy78 added 11:15 - Jun 25
@ Seasider I think Ward went to Cardiff because of Warnock. But if we want to get deals done we have to offer realistic bids. I think an extra 500k would sway it. Surely Evans has to open his eyes & back Mick with sufficient funds as I can't put up with another season like last season!!

guentchev added 11:22 - Jun 25
This is the kind of deal that we need to finalise. Shame it's out there now, time for the usual predators (PNE, Bristol City, Leeds etc) to also take a look.

muccletonjoe added 11:24 - Jun 25
Would be very surprised to get him for anything under 2m

mojo added 11:28 - Jun 25
And the ready made John McGreal song would fit or is that just laziness.

mojo added 11:31 - Jun 25
Seasider- still looking like we will spend a few mil this window which is encouraging. My fear is that the club will recoup the money by selling Bart and bringing in a cheap/freebie alternative.

obj124 added 11:37 - Jun 25
Looks like we're doing some scouting up in Scotland then. If so then John Souttar is another one I would like us to have a look at, valued at just 510k, similar to Webster and arguably we don't need a CB but Souttar can also play in midfield and this is where I think he would best operate as a replacement for Skuse as he is now getting on a bit. McGinn has real rave reviews, and should this go through he's a real talent.

PJewellisaGod added 11:40 - Jun 25
3 international caps, 22 years old; no way we will get him for that price. 2M at least.

TR11BLU added 11:52 - Jun 25
Do it

Tunnicliffe is no the answer

WadeyBlue added 12:14 - Jun 25
Come on ME get uour wallet out. Up it to £2 million. Lets get this one snapped up.

Cloddyseedbed added 12:22 - Jun 25
This is the type of player we should be looking at, quality on the ball and a good age to progress and be a salable player in the future. If the player is widely reputed to be worth 1.5 million and on a long contract why go in with a low offer. I could understand 1.25- 1.4m as more of a test. Go in too low and it just pi**es people off in the 1st stance. Personally I think it's hard to sell the club to perspective players at the moment with the type of play on offer and expected league position next season. Expectations amongst supporters is at an all time low. Hard bargaining with clubs not desperate to sell usually only goes one way, the player going elsewhere.

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