Report: Leeds United join Celtic in chasing John McGinn, plan £2.5m bid

Leeds Manager Paul Heckingbottom looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Leeds United at Villa Park on April 13, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Hibernian midfielder John McGinn is said to be wanted by Scottish Premiership giants Celtic and Rangers, as well as Championship outfit Leeds United.

John McGinn of Hibernian in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

John McGinn is one of the most in-demand players in Scottish football and it seems that the Hibernian midfielder has a new admirer – Leeds United.

According to The Sun (20th May, page 67), Leeds will make an attempt to sign the 23-year-old Scotland international in the upcoming summer transfer window. Leeds manager Paul Heckingbottom is understood to be a big fan of a player who has impressed north of the border with his blend of hard work and creativity.

John McGinn of Hibernian in action during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

McGinn scored six goals and set up eight more in all competitions across 2017/18, as Neil Lennon’s Hibs marked their return to the Scottish top flight with an impressive fourth placed finish.

It is reported that Leeds are planning a bid of £2.5 million, but that is likely to get short shrift from Hibs, who value McGinn at around £5 million despite the fact he has just one year left on his contract.

Leeds will face plenty of competition for the former St Mirren youngster, not least from Celtic and Rangers.

John McGinn of Hibs walk out on to the Hampden pitch before the Betfred Cup Semi-Final between Hibernian and Celtic at Hampden Park on October 21, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

The Sun adds that Celtic are still interested in a player who has been linked with a move to Parkhead for over a year. McGinn has been likened to current Celtic skipper Scott Brown, and has been tipped to replace the veteran for club and country.

And the Daily Record last week stated that Rangers are interested in the dynamic midfielder too, with the club’s scouts having watched him on a regular basis over the last few months.

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