As per one of the latest reports by The Evening Express, Hull City have seen their bid for Scott McKenna rejected by Aberdeen. Nigel Adkins has confirmed the same and was very clear on his interest to sign the defender after Hull City’s 0-0 draw against Reading yesterday at the KCOM Stadium. The Scottish Premiership outfit have informed the English Championship side that McKenna is not for sale.
But as per a report by Sky Sports, the Tigers are reluctant to give up and are set to place their second bid in the coming days. The team’s stalemate against the Royals means they are still inside the relegation zone in the Championship. They are placed 20th in the league standings with 25 points from 27 games.
They need some sort of a boost and are desperate to add more freshness to their squad this month. McKenna emerged through the youth ranks of the Dons, and his loan spells with Alloa Athletic and twice with Ayr United aided in his development. It has been a breakthrough season for McKenna with Aberdeen and the quality of his performances haven’t gone unnoticed.
Adkins is short of the requisite amount of personnel he needs at the back owing to injuries to Ondrej Mazuch, Stephen Kingsley and Moses Odubajo. In a situation like this, someone like McKenna could be an astute addition to their squad.
Aberdeen’s boss, Derek McInnes, had recently said that he doesn’t want to lose any first-team regulars in the January transfer market. McInnes is in Dubai with the squad at a warm weather training camp and the unwillingness to lose his key players might hinder Hull City’s chances of luring McKenna to the KCOM Stadium this month. Nonetheless, the Tigers must test the resolve of the Dandies in their aspirations of holding onto Scotland Under21 player.
They should lodge a second bid as looking for alternatives will once again waste precious time, something Hull are slowly running out of. However, it would definitely be intriguing to see whether or not the 21-year-old joins a side who are trying to save their season by leaving a side who are only behind Celtic in the Scottish Premiership table.