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Villa fail with late bid for Scottish defender

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Aston Villa failed to sign Scott McKenna after their late bid believed to be in excess of £5million was rejected by his club, according to BristolPost.

McKenna who currently plays for Aberdeen was a subject of interest from a host of clubs this summer with Rangers and Celtic also rumored to be interested in securing his services.

The Scottish Premiership club have been steadfast in their refusal the centre-back will not be sold, with the club also recently knocking back a £3.5m offer from Celtic.

Reports in Scotland suggests Aston Villa wanted to land the Scotland defender on loan before signing McKenna on a permanent deal in January due to the early closure of the permanent transfer window which closed on August 9.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has repeatedly insisted the 21-year-old is not for sale, has been true to his word as the Dons have successfully retained his services for at least the next six months until the January transfer window opens.

Meanwhile, Aston Villa manager will be happy with the club’s recent moves in the transfer window, bringing in players like Tammy Abraham and Yannick Bolasie on loan after a lack of financial investment hampered their recruitment earlier in the summer.