WEST BROM JOIN RACE TO SIGN DONS STAR SCOTT

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - EX­CLU­SIVE BY CAL­LUM LAW

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.”

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