By Alex Stevens
Leeds are in the running to sign John McGinn from Hibernian this summer, according to the latest bookmakers’ odds.
Bet Victor have placed odds of 14/1 on Leeds signing McGinn, while Ladbrokes price Leeds at 12/1 to land the Scotland midfielder.
Both betting companies make Celtic the favourites to sign the 22-year-old, who has been the architect of the promotion challenge from Hibs with his goals and assists from central midfield.
Short odds have been on Rangers, Aberdeen, Newcastle and Derby to sign one of the emerging stars of Scottish football this summer.
Intriguingly, Leeds are also tipped as a possible destination for the dynamic midfielder, who has been one of the outstanding players in the Scottish Championship this season.
The Yorkshire giants have been overly reliant on Championship leading scorer Chris Wood for goals this season and there has been a dearth of goals and creativity from their central midfield regulars Liam Bridcutt, Eunan O’Kane, Ronaldo Vieira and Kalvin Phillips.
Glasgow-born McGinn has made a huge impression at Hibs since joining from St Mirren in the summer of 2015.
He has won three full Scotland caps and provided further evidence of his development by ripping up the Scottish second tier with five goals and seven assists from midfield in 32 domestic matches this season.
McGinn is on course to be playing in the Scottish Premiership next season, as Hibs are nine points clear at the top of the Scottish Championship.
Football Insider verdict:
Whether Leeds are in the Championship next season or secure a stunning return to the Premier League, they need more goals and creativity from their central midfielders. Bridcutt and company are all solid citizens, but get a nose bleed when they are in the final third of the pitch. An injection of dynamism and ambition is needed in the central acres, and McGinn has showed – albeit in Scotland’s second tier – that he has those kind of qualities. His midweek piledriver for Hibs was the kind of goal Leeds have been crying out for all season.