John McGinn has still NOT signed new Hibs deal… a look at the Nottingham Forest transfer target who got away


John McGinn was one of the top summer transfer targets for Nottingham Forest who got away.

The Reds made a hat-trick of bids for Hibernian’s Scotland international, with the final offer thought to be around the £2m mark.

But they failed to land the highly-rated 22-year-old midfielder before the transfer window closed, leading to frustration at the City Ground.

Here, we take a look at how McGinn has done since then, while it remains to be seen if Forest will launch another bid for him in January.

Has the speculation over his future affected his form for Hibs?

In one word, no.

The youngster said he was happy to still be at Hibs when the transfer window closed, despite the interest from Forest, and he looks to have continued the impressive form that led to Mark Warburton trying to sign him.

Hibs boss Neil Lennon, who values McGinn at £5m, described him as “a different class” in his very first match after the transfer window closed, in a 1-1 draw with St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership.

And McGinn responded, by saying: “It’s always nice to hear. I would have been happier with the win. I was pleased with my personal performance but it was disappointing not to get the three points after playing really well.”

McGinn has played in every league match for Hibs since staying put in Scotland, playing a key role in a four-game unbeaten run that has lifted them up to fifth place in the top flight ahead of facing leaders Celtic today.

And he’s confident they can give Celtic “a nosebleed” and end their domestic unbeaten run which stands at 57 matches.

John McGinn in action for Hibernian

“We are full of confidence and disappointed not to be even higher up in the table because I think we have played really well recently,” said McGinn.

“So we’ll look forward to playing Celtic and hopefully giving them a nosebleed.

“It will take belief. I think a lot of teams that play Celtic rightly respect them — but they take it too far.

“We are going to go there and have a real go. We’ll be trying to win.

“It’s not going to be easy and Parkhead is a difficult place to go, but we want to be the team that finally breaks that record.

“We know we are capable of it.”

McGinn’s club form has led to another international call-up too.

Having earned four caps for Scotland so far in his career, he has been picked for their two upcoming World Cup qualifiers against Slovakia and Slovenia.

“The best thing you can do in football is represent your country,” he said.

Has he said anything about his future?

Very little, apart from reiterating he’s happy at Easter Road.

Asked about the craziness of transfer deadline day, McGinn joked: “People were telling me all sorts. Someone had me down for signing for Rangers on deadline day. I think I was at Hearts for a medical.

“There’s all sorts of nonsense going on and you’re subject to the jokes from the Scotland boys.”

Forest were hoping to sign Scotland international McGinn before the summer transfer window closed

“There’s always been a lot of talk. I’ve dealt with it fine. It was always out of my hands so I just concentrated on training while I was away, and let everyone else deal with it,” he added.

“I was pretty relaxed. Hibs have a valuation of me and I fully respect that. No club met it and I’m still a Hibs player and delighted to be that.”

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Has he signed that new contract at Hibs?

No. McGinn has so far not signed a new deal with Hibs, which Lennon revealed the club were keen for him to do, despite him still having two years left on his current contract.

And some people don’t think he will put pen to paper, insisting he’s destined to leave them.

“I’d be surprised if he signs a new contract and the majority of fans will be realistic enough to know he’ll be moving on at some point,” said former Hibs player Kevin Thomson.



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