Aston Villa are in the hunt to sign Aberdeen centre-back Scott McKenna, according to a report.
The Scottish Sun claims that the Villains are ready to battle Hull for McKenna, 21, after the Tigers have already had three bids rejected by the Scottish Premiership high-flyers.
It is understood that the Dons have turned down a six-figure offer worth £600,000 for the Scotland Under-21 international, but both Aston Villa and Hull are both prepared to table more bids as the race to sign the defender hots up.
Steve Bruce is said to be keeping very close tabs on McKenna and has send his scouts top monitor his progress at Pittodrie.
Aberdeen are in the top four of the Scottish Premiership as they look to secure European football for next season.
McKenna has made 17 appearances in all competitions this term for the Dons, scoring one goal in the process.
Football Insider verdict
Aston Villa have already gone to efforts to improve their defence in the past few days by signing Axel Tuanzebe from Manchester United on loan, so going in for a permanent deal for McKenna may seem a bit odd. John Terry and James Chester are perhaps better options that McKenna too so the Scottish centre-back may not get a look in at Villa Park for quite a while. A potential deal could be cheap though as it seems Aberdeen may baulk at around the £1million mark. But Hull seem the most keen to land the Pittodrie stopper, so it probably means he will be on his way to the KCOM before the end of this month.
In other Aston Villa news, the club are in the running to sign this international forward who has seven goals in his last eight games.