In Focus: McGinn affordable for West Ham United, but club face competition

West Ham United are keeping a close eye on Hibernian midfielder John McGinn, according to the Daily Record.

What’s the story?

The 23-year-old has been impressing in Scotland this season having made 33 appearances in all competitions, scoring six goals and creating just as many assists.

The Daily Record reports that West Ham manager David Moyes is an admirer of the midfielder and sent scout Billy McKinlay to watch him at the weekend.

The Scotsman, who the report claims is valued at £5m, featured in Hibs’ 2-0 victory over Aberdeen at Easter Road.

McGinn is expected to attract plenty of interest given that he will have just one year remaining on his contract this summer.

Do the Hammers have a chance?

From the player’s point of view, the offer of Premier League football is sure to be tempting as it would given him a chance to prove himself against England’s elite.

If the midfielder is wanted by a host of clubs, though, West Ham face a battle to get a deal over the line.

The reported £5m fee is certainly affordable for the Hammers, but that will be the case for many interested parties.

If McGinn gets to a point where he has his heart set on leaving, then it would be best for Hibs to cash in during the summer rather than allow him to leave when his contract expires next year.