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McCarthy Dismisses McGinn Bid Claims
Saturday, 8th Jul 2017 18:23

Town boss Mick McCarthy has dismissed claims that the Blues recently had an offer of just under £1 million turned down by Hibernian for their midfielder John McGinn.

The bid was initially reported in the Scottish press a fortnight ago and yesterday Hibs manager Neil Lennon confirmed that his club had received the offer.

However, McCarthy says that was not the case: “I never bid any money for him. We look at the Scottish market because [director of football] Dave Bowman sees that regularly but I haven’t made a bid for him.”

Asked about Lennon’s comments, he added: “We spoke about him, it’s not one that I’m aware of where we made a bid.”

Meanwhile McCarthy says there is currently no ongoing move to bring former loanee Dominic Samuel back to Portman Road on a permanent basis from Reading: “At this moment in time, nothing’s happening with that.”

He says nothing has yet changed regarding out-of-favour defender Steven Taylor’s situation: “He’s going to do pre-season with us and we’ll see.”

Regarding loans from Premier League clubs, the Town boss doesn’t expect anything further on that front to happen until nearer the end of the transfer window.

“They’re all away with their own teams, nobody will give you a loan at the moment,” he said. “I know we’ve got Bersant Celina but that was sorted out a long time ago.”

McCarthy wouldn’t comment on links with Doncaster striker John Marquis, who has turned down an offer of a new contract at the Keepmoat Stadium.

“We could go through all the names, I wouldn’t tell you whether it was somebody we’ve looked at or not,” McCarthy added. “We fairly trawl everywhere, to be honest.”

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Fat_Boy_Tim added 18:29 - Jul 8
Honest comment or no comment. It's all you want/need from your manager.

Mark added 19:12 - Jul 8
Odd that Lennon would say we have bid if we hadn't. McGinn (22) fits the Evans 5 points plan:

3 – ‘To make annual investment funds available to purchase players in the early stages of their career and to assist in their development’

The plan has been published so I hope we will follow it with some exciting young signings?

mojo added 19:42 - Jul 8
Well one of them is not telling the truth. Pity if not because he would be a good signing. There could be something in the Marquis link, presumably reliant on Pitman leaving.

Keaneish added 22:35 - Jul 8
I believe Neil on this one.

JimmyJazz added 23:17 - Jul 8
Why is Taylor out of favour? Thought he was proving his fitness, and getting game time too.

fergalsharkey added 07:57 - Jul 9
The constant bull*hit continues for another year.

blues1 added 08:57 - Jul 9
Jimmy jazz. What do you mean, why is Taylor out of favour? He played the 1st half of the match on Sat?

JimmyJazz added 10:27 - Jul 9
blues1 that was my question to the below from the article. If he is out of favour why is he here and playing?

He says nothing has yet changed regarding out-of-favour defender Steven Taylor’s situation: “He’s going to do pre-season with us and we’ll see.”

blues1 added 10:38 - Jul 9
Ah. Think that prob meant to be out of contract not out of favour

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