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Brighton set to steal a march on Celtic

Brighton may be ready to beat Celtic to the signature of Hibernian midfielder John McGinn.

That is according to The BBC who report that the South Coast club have held talks with Hibernian about a move for the 23-year old, although the only bids that have been made for the player have, so far, come from Celtic.

The midfielder, who has nine full international caps for Scotland is in the final year of his contract at Easter Road, and is valued at £4 million by his club, who he joined in 2015 from St. Mirren on a departmental fee plus 30% of any future transfer fee.

Celtic have made three bids of £1.5 million, £1.75 million and £2 million for the player turned down so far by Hibs this summer, and now it looks like Brighton may be ready to gazump them with an offer closer to the Edinburgh’s side valuation.

Despite the speculation about his future, McGinn continues to play for the club, and scored a vital away goal for them away to Greek side Asteras Tripoli on Thursday night that ensured further progress for Hibernian in the Europa League qualityfing rounds.

Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.