According to the Daily Record, Sunderland are battling to sign Hibernian midfielder John McGinn this summer, but they will have to fight off top-flight teams for his signature.
Valued at £5million by Neil Lennon’s side, the 23-year-old is attracting a lot of interest and Sunderland will have to see off competition from West Ham, Aston Villa, Rangers and Celtic to secure the signing.
McGinn excelled for Hibernian last season, contributing five goals and two assists from central midfield as Hibs finished fourth in the Premiership, making the Europa Leauge qualifying round.
New manager Jack Ross is clearly not frightened to take on the big boys as Sunderland are hoping McGinn can help lift the club out of League One, and it’s clear to see why.
The hot-headed midfielder averaged a goal every 628 minutes last term, a solid return for a 23-year-old playing in the middle of the park.
McGinn finished the season with the joint-most yellow cards in the Premiership, with a total of 15, and although this ill-discipline could be improved, it shows he is prepared to scrap and fight for it, a key skill in the League One scrap.
He is a big game player, having scored two of his goals away at Celtic this season, and with a 42 per cent shot accuracy in the Premiership, he will definitely have some joy if he comes to League One.
The main problem is the transfer fee.
Will Sunderland realistically spend £5million on one very good player when that sort of money could overhaul a big chunk of the squad for many League One teams?
Only time will tell, but if Sunderland do decide to bring McGinn to the Stadium of Light, they will have a serious prodigy on their hands that could help change their fortunes next season.