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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.