John McGinn is a budget signing that can still help Villa reach their goals next season

As reported by The Daily Record, Aston Villa have joined the race for Hibernian talent John McGinn this summer.

What’s the story?

This summer is expected to be one of transition for the Villans, with recent financial problems already meaning that John Terry left the club at the end of the season.

Latest reports link star midfielder Jack Grealish with a move away from Birmingham too, potentially to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur.

The task facing Steve Bruce then is attracting affordable talent to the club who can still help them achieve ambitions of reaching the play-offs or higher next season.

One name on his radar is Hibernian midfielder John McGinn.

That’s according to The Daily Record, who report the £5m-rated Scotland international is well within reach for the Villa Park side despite their money woes.

Can he replace Grealish?

The reality for Villa is that Jack Grealish may be somewhat irreplaceable in the short term, at least until they sort out their finances or reach the riches of the English Premier League.

The homegrown talent was a real driving force for Villa last season, with the side looking noticeably poorer when he was absent.

McGinn may not be able to reach those heights immediately but offers the same passion and ambition in the middle of the park, confident enough to win the ball and carry it into the final third on a consistent basis.

At 23 years of age he also holds plenty of potential and playing in the Championship could improve on his current ability after learning his trade in the Scottish second-tier and Premiership.

If Villa are to compete, they need young, hungry and ambitious players and McGinn ticks those boxes on a budget for the club, if they are to be funded by the sale of Grealish this summer.

He could well end up helping supporters forgetting about the fan favourite, should he leave.