The Lowdown: McGinn news
Football Insider were informed by a Villa source recently that the club are willing to entertain offers for the Scotland international this summer.
Despite the player contributing to 37 goals over his four seasons in the Midlands, Steven Gerrard isn’t believed to be totally convinced by the 27-year-old, who could depart over the coming months should a top-tier offer come in. The report claims that McGinn is not the easiest player to manage and is always “whinging” behind the scenes.
The Latest: McLeish reacts
He was stunned at the possibility of the Scottish midfielder leaving Villa Park and labelled the midfielder an ‘integral part of the rise of Aston Villa’.
Would you sell McGinn this summer?
Yes, if the price is right!
No, we need him!
The former Villa manager said of his compatriot:
“I’m quite amazed, I don’t believe that.
“McGinn is still an integral part of the rise of Aston Villa. The fans love him as well. He has done a fantastic job for club and country.
“I just can’t believe it if that is what Steven [Gerrard] has said and actually thinks about McGinn.”
The Verdict: One to watch
Should this claim prove accurate, it wouldn’t come as a shock if one of Manchester United or Tottenham came knocking. Both clubs have been linked with a summer move for McGinn, so it could be one to watch.
If the Villa star does leave, you’d expect that Gerrard would need to bring in another marquee midfielder. Boubacar Kamara has already joined on a free transfer from Marseille, but another may well be required if McGinn seals an exit which would leave McLeish and many others surprised.