Throughout the summer Scottish youngster John McGinn was the centre of transfer speculation at his club Hibernian, with both Scottish, Premier League and Championship clubs interested in his services. What Are The Odds looks at the continuing speculation leading up to the January transfer window on where McGinn could move next.
The 22-year old recently bagged himself his first two league goals of the season in a 2-2 away draw at champions Celtic, putting the Hoops as close to their first defeat in the league in over a season. Ironically this may have been the worst place for John McGinn to have produced his best performance this campaign as Celtic are among the frontrunners to sign the Scottish midfielder. Odds of 8/1 (9.00) are currently available at BetVictor - not exactly the kind of price that indicates a move is anywhere near close - but this will likely change the closer to January it gets.
Glasgow city rivals Rangers are also backed at 8/1 (9.00) - with the player hailing from the city it could give the blue half of the city a fighting chance, but all the summer speculation surrounding the transfer has come from the green and white side. So it would be pretty unlikely he’ll swap Easter Road for Ibrox, especially with Celtic aiming to stay in European competition in the new year.
Moving south of the border and it’s Newcastle United who are moving up in the market and are priced at 10/1 (11.0). Under boss Rafa Benitez it’s been obvious to see that the Spaniard is prepared to give young British talent a chance in the first team and McGinn may just offer something different to a Toon side that is seemingly adapting to life back in the Premier League.
North east rivals Sunderland, who are also at 10/1 (11.0), are seemingly a much less likely option after their poor start to life in the Championship and long-term uncertainty over the future of manager Simon Grayson. However, Aston Villa also at the same odds, are on an upwards trajectory and are looking upwards towards promotion at the second attempt under Steve Bruce. With plenty of talent led by stalwart John Terry, Villa could be an intriguing platform for McGinn to show off his skills in England.
West Ham United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby and West Brom are also in the mix with odds of 12/1 (13.0), and all would make sense in one way or another. Whether any are willing to splash out a rumoured fee of around £5m on a player that would need to make an instant impact in these clubs is another thing.
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