Speaking to The Scottish Sun, Birmingham City manager Harry Redknapp confirms that he is an admirer of Aberdeen midfielder Kenny McLean. The 70-year-old was glancing on eye over him and Jonny Hayes, who has since signed for Celtic, in the Scottish Cup final last month.
Although Redknapp did concede that Hayes was ‘the main reason’ for him attending Hampden Park to witness Celtic defeat Aberdeen in the Scottish season climax, he was also made aware of McLean prior to his visit to Glasgow. It remains to be seen if Birmingham will now make a move for the 25-year-old midfield player.
In a wide ranging interview, Redknapp stated that a scouting mission to the Scottish Cup final was mainly to cast his eye over two Aberdeen players. He remains a fan of McLean, and could make his move this summer,
“He (Hayes) was the main reason why I came up for the cup final.
“But I understand the pull of Celtic for him. If they hadn’t been taking him I’d definitely have been very interested.
“Kenny McLean also caught my eye. He’s good on the ball, makes a pass, gets into the box well.
“There are a few people down here speaking about him. McLean and Hayes were the two players mentioned to me before I went up to Glasgow.”
Hayes was heavily linked with a move to England prior to sealing a move to Celtic. The likes of Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest were mentioned, but Birmingham may be able to sneak under the radar so to speak in their interest of McLean. Derek McInnes will be keen to keep him on board and not lose another key player, but the lure of English football and playing under Redknapp could be hard to resist if a firm offer is produced.