WEST BROM JOIN RACE TO SIGN DONS STAR SCOTT
WEST Brom have joined the growing list of clubs tracking Aberdeen’s Scott Mckenna.
The Evening Express understands the Baggies sent a scout to Hampden on Sunday to watch the 21-year-old centre-back, pictured, play for the Dons against Rangers in the League Cup semi-final. Mckenna turned in an impressive display at the national stadium as the Reds won 1-0 to book a place in the final against Celtic on Sunday December 2. It is understood that West Brom, who play in the English Championship, are keeping tabs on the Scotland international as they weigh up whether to make a bid in the January transfer window. After relegation from the Premier League last season, the Hawthorns club have made a strong start in their attempt to return to the top flight and are fifth in the table. Dons boss Derek Mcinnes played for West Brom from 2000 until 2003 and the Baggies are now managed by his
former team-mate Darren Moore. If Albion increase their interest in Mckenna in January they won’t be the first club to try to prise him away from Pittodrie. After breaking into the Dons team in September of last year Mckenna has become a mainstay for the Reds and claimed six caps for Scotland – one of which was as skipper against Mexico in June. He has already been the subject of interest from a number of clubs. In January of this year English Championship Hull City made four bids for the stopper, the last of which was £1 million. During the summer transfer window Championship side Swansea City expressed an interest in Mckenna. Scottish Premiership rivals Celtic also had a bid for £3.5m swiftly rebuffed by the Dons. On transfer deadline day Aston Villa also had an offer turned down. The English window for signing players permanently had closed but the Birmingham side offered to take Mckenna on-loan and sign him permanently for £7m in January. Aberdeen are in a very strong position with Mckenna under contract at Pittodrie until the summer of 2023. And the defender is in no hurry to leave, with both he and Mcinnes stating in the past the desire for Mckenna to play 150-200 games and have success with the Dons before moving on. Mcinnes has previously admitted it is a question of when, not if, Mckenna leaves the Granite City. Speaking to Evening Express in September after the Aston Villa bid was rejected, Mcinnes said: “Mckenna will move from here and go on to represent Aberdeen and Scotland in the future very, very well.”