After a Daily Star ‘exclusive’ claimed were were ‘poised’ to make a £30m move for John McGinn last night, Lee Ryder has now confirmed Steve Bruce’s interest in signing the Aston Villa star.
The Chronicle’s chief sports writer claims that Bruce and Charnley are now in charge of transfers, with our recruitment staff on furlough leave, and admits the NUFC boss is a big admirer of the midfielder.
Bruce called him one of his ‘best ever signings’ just a few months ago, with McGinn impressing at both Championship and Premier League level since being snapped up for just £2.5m from Hibs back in 2018.
A Scotland international, McGinn has caught the eye this season via his energetic style and determined displays, with his box-to-box style and eye for goal being two things we’ve lacked so far this season.
At 25, he is also set to enter the peak years of his career, meaning he would be signing a player that can improve in ability and in value.
That said, if McGinn – or another midfielder – were to arrive it would give us A LOT of options in the middle of the park.
Shelvey, Hayden, the Longstaff’s and Bentaleb are currently our first team options in that area, but Bruce is thought to be weighing up his options with Hayden and both Longstaff’s future up in the air.
As long as this didn’t drain the funds required for a proper goal scorer, then I’m all for it!