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Town and Forest Linked With Failed Moves for Celtic Target McGinn
Tuesday, 3rd Jul 2018 09:27

Town and Nottingham Forest are reported to have made failed moves for Hibernian midfielder John McGinn, who is now being targeted by Celtic.

According to the Scottish Daily Mail, the Scottish Premiership champions have had a £1.5 million offer turned down for the 23-year-old with the Blues and Forest having previously made unsuccessful approaches.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon has put a £5 million price on McGinn’s head, however with only a year left on his contract the Scotland international is likely to move for a lot less than that.

Given the size of their budget, Celtic would appear to be strong favourites to land McGinn, who primarily plays down the middle but can also operate wide, with a further bid expected to be lodged.

Town were previously linked with McGinn last summer when it was reported that the Blues had made a £1 million offer for the former St Mirren man.

Hibs boss Lennon subsequently confirmed those claims, however, then-Blues manager Mick McCarthy said no offer had been made but admitted talks had taken place.

Reported renewed Town interest in McGinn is not too much of a surprise after last year's links and with director of football Dave Bowman known to keep a close eye on Scottish football, although it's out-and-out wingers manager Paul Hurst has said he is most interested in adding to his squad rather than someone who plays primarily down the middle with the Blues already having a number of central midfielders.

Former Crawley wideman Jordan Roberts signed for Town on a free transfer last week, while another Scotland international, Forest’s Barrie McKay, has also been linked.

Meanwhile, the Blues squad are in day two of their Spanish training camp at the Pinatar Arena Football Center, San Pedro del Pinatar, Murcia.

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chorltonskylineblue added 09:38 - Jul 3
Phil - is there any news on the progress of the injured players?

martin587 added 10:05 - Jul 3
There will be plenty of Links between now and the start of the season.Exciting times ahead I hope.

PhilTWTD added 10:07 - Jul 3

Other than Huws's bags being spotted on social media as the players flew out to Spain, no. However, the club are sending a member of media staff out there so there's likely to be some news from the camp, which will probably include injury progress.

PJewellisaGod added 10:09 - Jul 3
Shame. Very good player.

martin587 added 10:16 - Jul 3
Are there any whispers in the corridors as to whether Bart is pledging his future to the club.

runningout added 10:21 - Jul 3
about time our people knew we have to make realistic offers when a player is decent

PhilTWTD added 10:22 - Jul 3

Nothing new on that front.

martin587 added 10:27 - Jul 3

TonyHumesIpswich added 10:48 - Jul 3
Kind of player we should be linked with. Exciting times if we sign him.

Lathers added 11:12 - Jul 3
Hurst has clearly bought in to Evans mantra of playing youth and wheeling and dealing free signings, getting in lower league potential and young loanees. However, this is only going to get us so far. Evans has to fund 2 or 3 deals this summer for players who are proven and will have an immediate impact, like this fella. Whether they are top league one talent, foreign signings, older ex-Prem players doesn’t matter, but I don’t think letting the likes of DM, Webster and Garner move on and replacing them with frees and loans is going to take us to the next level.

TonyHumesIpswich added 11:13 - Jul 3
Might take us down a level if we aren't more careful.

Skuse4ballondor added 11:44 - Jul 3
Primarily a centre mid which usually I would not want as one of our wingers. However, McGinn is such a good player that I would happily have him to play on the wing. He has played wide a decent amount of times during his career and is still young. He is strong and quick, good at dribbling and has excellent passing and vision as well as an eye for goal. It was a shame we didn't get him last season as he had a great season at Hibs and his value had gone up. It's a shame Celtic will probably get him but at least we're being linked with players like this.

BobbyBell added 13:05 - Jul 3
I think that PH will have to sell in order to have funds to buy. The realist in me says that's where we are. The money from Webster may fund something but we will always be out bid on quality players. That's just where we are and we have to accept it. I'm sure PH knows the score. We have a pretty good squad but PH will want to keep some and shed others in order to create his own squad. That will take time and he may want to several games to properly assess what he has here and what he feels needs to change.

BlueandTruesince82 added 13:44 - Jul 3
I think this shows plenty is going on behind the seasons.

PH has a choice, every fee we shell out impacts on the wage budget so he could buy some lower league players who maybe less demanding wage wise or if we go for someone more established then they need to be on free.

Trick is getting the balance right which of course remains to be seen.

The club wants to go down youth and that makes sense ad those players have the potential to increase in value and bring more money into the club. Thay maybe 1 reason behind not doing to much on Rodamn who at 31 doesn't fit the profile

Vincent Young at 24 does..

All theory of course.

Nodge are rebuilding of the back of 20 mil for Maddison (beause Delia has has been syponing the parachute payments out for years). We need one of our youngsters to do the same to facilitate similar. Scum have barely spent a 10th of their net salted income yet...... and that's with 30 mil so let's be realistic about what the 3.5 from Webster will stretch too

mojo added 14:26 - Jul 3
Was it really only last summer we were linked with him Phil? I thought it was before that.

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