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The Football League Paper - - ADAM VIRGO - By Neil Fissler

BOLTON boss Neil Len­non wants to beat for­mer em­ploy­ers Celtic to sign John McGinn, one of the best prospects in Scot­tish foot­ball.

The St Mir­ren star is out of con­tract at the end of the sea­son and was a tar­get for Sh­effield United, who had a bid re­jected out of hand last sum­mer.

McGinn has been watched by a whole host of clubs from both sides of the bor­der this sea­son with a view to sign­ing him when his deal runs out this sum­mer.

Len­non has had the Scot­tish Un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional mid­fielder on his radar since he was in charge in Glas­gow, be­fore mov­ing to Bolton.

And he hopes that he will be able to see off the chal­lenge of Celtic when it comes to try­ing to sign the 20-year-old when the trans­fer win­dow opens for busi­ness this sum­mer.

McGinn will be one of the most sought-af­ter trans­fer tar­gets in the coun­try if he con­tin­ues to hold out against sign­ing a new deal.

Wi­gan are an­other Cham­pi­onship club who have had their scouts keep­ing tabs on McGinn over the last few weeks and are very much in­ter­ested in do­ing a deal. MILL­WALL in­terim boss Neil Har­ris could hand striker John Mar­quis the chance of stay­ing at The Den af­ter an im­pres­sive loan spell at Gilling­ham.

Mar­quis, 22, has av­er­aged a goal ev­ery two games since mov­ing to Gilling­ham in Jan­uary and could be given a new deal de­spite be­ing told by for­mer Li­ons boss Ian Holloway that he had no fu­ture at the club. NOT­TING­HAM For­est boss Dougie Freed­man is try­ing to sign Southamp­ton striker Sam Gal­lagher be­fore the emer­gency loan win­dow closes for busi­ness this week.

Freed­man has un­til Thurs­day to per­suade the Pre­mier League side to part with Gal­lagher, who in Fe­bru­ary re­turned to ac­tion af­ter seven months out of ac­tion with a se­ri­ous knee in­jury.

Saints have dis­cussed al­low­ing the 19-year-old, who qual­i­fies for Eng­land and Scot­land, to leave in a bid to gain some valu­able first-team ex­pe­ri­ence.

Mid­dles­brough were also linked with a move for Gal­lagher but they are more in­ter­ested in sign­ing Black­burn Rovers and Scot­land striker Jor­dan Rhodes, 25.

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