Hibs were today bracing themselves for a third bid from Nottingham Forest for Scotland midfielder John McGinn after rejecting a second offer from the English Championship outfit last night.
Forest boss Mark Warburton, who signed Easter Road striker Jason Cummings earlier this summer, is desperate to land McGinn before the transfer window slams shut tonight.
Hibs, however, have signalled their determination to hold onto the 22-year-old. Forest’s initial offer, believed to be around £750,000, was rejected and derided by boss Neil Lennon as being “laughable”.
McGinn still has two years of his current contract to run and Lennon revealed the Capital club are already talking to him in the hope of persuading him to extend that deal.
The former St Mirren midfielder was pictured at Glasgow Airport this morning as Gordon Strachan’s squad headed to Lithuania for tomorrow night’s World Cup qualifying match in Vilnius.
As the Evening News revealed, Forest came in with an improved second bid yesterday – one report suggesting it was double the original figure – but it, too, was turned down by the Hibs hierarchy.