The transfer window will open in a little over a month so there is no real surprise that the rumour mill is starting to pick up. Aston Villa dipped into the Scottish market in the summer when they purchased John McGinn from Hibernian. Are they about to return North of the border in January?
Villa have been linked with two players from up North over the past few days. Scott McKenna of Aberdeen and Jordan Jones of Kilmarnock.
The Scottish Sun reported that Villa made an offer for McKenna on the loan deadline day. They opposed a loan deal with a view to signing him for £7million in the January transfer window. Aberdeen knocked the offer back.
The 24-year-old defender was also the subject to an offer from Celtic in the summer. An offer of around £3.5million was made but was also rejected.
It is no real secret that Villa needs to strengthen at the back and if reports are anything to go by then McKenna could be a target.
McKenna is one of the highest rated players currently playing in Scotland. He made his debut for Scotland back in March and has since played seven games (at the time of writing). It is no real surprise that he has been linked with a move away from Scotland with both Swansea and Wolverhampton Wanderers also said to be interested.
Jones will be out of contract next summer so could be available for a cut-price in January. Alternatively, he is available to talk to clubs outside of Scotland in January and sign on a free transfer next summer.
Kilmarnock also reportedly knocked back an offer of around £350k from Rangers last summer.
Jones is a 24-year-old Northern Ireland international. He came through the Middlesbrough academy and had loan spells with Hartlepool and Cambridge. The winger was then released by ‘Boro in 2016 and signed for Kilmarnock on a free. He has since gone on to make over 70 appearances, scoring 7 goals.
As with all transfer rumours you never know what to believe. McKenna is someone we have already approached so its easy to see where the rumours are coming from. No doubt it is one that will not go away until he does leave Aberdeen.
Jones is a new one. I haven’t personally heard of either of the players but if I am being brutely honest, I hadn’t heard of McGinn when we signed him. I guess we will have to wait and see if there is any truth in either. They are not the first players to be linked with a move and certainly won’t be the last.