Aston Villa are getting ready to battle it out with Hull City for Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna, according to the Scottish Sun.

The Scottish side have confirmed that the Tigers have already been in with three bids for the youngster, but their interest has not waned.

Unfortunately for them they are not the only ones who have spotted the talent that the 21-year-old has, as Aston Villa have also been tracking him and are about to join the race for his signature.

Steve Bruce is looking to bolster his defensive options as he looks to push the Villans back into the Premier League, but he is likely to have to shell out a decent fee to land the Aberdeen star.

McKenna has caught the eye in a campaign where he has featured 18 times for the Dons in all competitions. He bagged a brace in the win over Kilmarnock at the weekend too to show he can be a threat in both boxes, which is something which will please both Bruce and Hull boss Nigel Adkins.

It would appear as though it is going to take something special for Villa to prize the youngster away from Pittodrie though, as Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes was adamant his centre-back will be going nowhere in this transfer window, when confirming the latest bid from the Tigers.

“They came in with another offer on Tuesday which was a bit more again on what they had offered before,” the Scottish Sun quotes him as saying.

“That’s the third offer we have had from Hull and as I have said before we have no interest in selling Scott and he won’t be sold in this window.

“We can’t stop clubs making offers and I can totally understand why they would be attracted to him but we are comfortable that he won’t be sold right now.

“We want to sell Scott at a time when it suits us and when he is at his maximum potential and he still has a lot to go.”

The latest bid from Hull was said to be £700,000, so it looks like it is going to take a monster offer if either they, or Aston Villa, are to acquire the services of the highly-rated centre-back before the end of the current transfer window.


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