Scottish champions Celtic have had a £5 million bid turned down for Aberdeen star Scott McKenna, according to the Scottish Sun.
The offer put forward by the Bhoys would have been a domestic record fee had the Dons accepted it, but they are understood to be holding out for their full valuable of the defender, which in their eyes is £10m.
Celtic are eager to sign some defensive reinforcements this summer, having seen the likes of Dedryck Boyata and Mikael Lustig exit Celtic Park, and the Aberdeen man is someone they are targeting as a replacement.
The Bhoys had a bid of £3.5m turned down for his services last year, but have gone in again with a bigger offer, only to see that rejected too, as the Dons sit tight in their quest to get their full value for the Scotland international.
Celtic will be buoyed by the thoughts of Derek McInnes that it is only a matter of time before he will have to cash in on his star man, but there are no signs of the Pittodrie outfit being a soft touch and allowing him to leave on the cheap.
One potential stumbling block for the Bhoys to get any transfer for McKenna over the line, as well as the size of the fee, is the growing interest from clubs south of the border.
Premier League new boys Aston Villa are said to be monitoring the situation with the 22-year-old, who is under contract at Aberdeen until 2023, while Hull City and Swansea City are believed to have had bids turned down in the past, meaning Celtic won’t be short of competition for his signature.
With the Dons seemingly certain to wait for the £10m, Celtic boss Neil Lennon may have to turn to his other targets in order to bolster his defence ahead of the new campaign.