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Birmingham City join race for Aberdeen star

Sky Bet Championship side Birmingham City have joined the race to sign Kenny McLean ahead of Sunderland, QPR and Rangers, according to the Sun.

The 25-year-old appeared destined for a move to Sunderland. However, Derek McInnes decision to pull out the race for the Stadium of Light hot-seat has seen the 25-year-old’s move to Wearside fail to materialise.

McLean made 53 appearances in all competitions as McInnes’ side finished second in Scotland’s top-flight, earning interest from the Sky Bet Championship sides.

While Simon Grayson’s Sunderland side remain interest in the Scot, reports suggest Harry Redknapp will battle his former employers to get the midfielder’s signature.

McLean has been valued at £750,000 by his club, however QPR and Birmingham lead the race to sign the former St Mirren midfielder. Aberdeen, meanwhile, still remain keen on retaining their star man and McInnes is working on tying the midfielder down with a new contract.

He told the Daily Record: “It’s very important that we do all we can, keeping players who have done well for me happy – that’s as good a message as bringing in new signings.

“I’d love to speak to Kenny and one or two others now, going into the last year of their contracts. But while they’re here and under contract we’ll try to get full value from them, as we did with the boys who have left.

“Right to the end they brought in big performances. All we can do is try to create an environment where they want to hang about for a bit longer.”

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