As reported by The Daily Mail, Celtic have had an initial £1.5m bid for Hibernian John McGinn rejected this week, with the club expected to return with an increased offer.
McGinn is entering the final year of his contract at the Easter Road side and will have plenty of suitors this summer trying to bring him south to English football.
The Hoops have long been admirers and this seems like the perfect transfer window to strike and bring the midfielder to his boyhood heroes after a number of impressive seasons at Hibs.
With the sale of Stuart Armstrong, Celtic certainly need some midfield reinforcement and although McGinn might not quite carry the goal threat that Armstrong proved he had at Paradise, he’s a young player with big potential in the position.
Industrious and technically sound on the ball, he’d be very competent direct cover to the likes of Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham, with Callum McGregor’s role becoming ever more attacking as his Celtic career rolls on.
The Daily Mail say that Hibs are holding out for a fee of £5m for the player, which seems steep considering his contract situation, but then that’s why Celtic have gone in with a far lower offer. The reality is a figure closer to £3m will probably suit all parties.
The BBC are also reporting that Scott Allan could be included in the potential switch, an asset that Celtic have over other clubs potentially coming in for McGinn.
It’s certainly going to be interesting to see how this pans out over the coming week.
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