Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen have rejected a £500,000 offer from a Championship club for winger Ryan Hedges, according to the Daily Record.
And the Dons are looking to bat away any other transfer interest in the 26-year-old by offering him a ‘significant‘ new contract for the player whose current deal expires at the end of this season.
A former Barnsley and Swansea City player, Hedges netted nine times in all competitions for Aberdeen last season and new manager Stephen Glass sees him as an integral part of his plans going forward.
Last week it was reported that both Blackburn Rovers and Middlesbrough were eyeing up a move for Hedges according to Football Insider, but LancsLive stated that Rovers were prepared to wait until January to try and exploit the wide player’s contractual situation if he was still yet to commit to the Scottish club.
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That may have changed due to a fee being agreed for Adam Armstrong, meaning that there is money to spend at Ewood Park now, but the identity of the bidding club hasn’t been revealed.
Having not really been a key player for Barnsley at Championship level in the past, Hedges must have improved during his stint in Scotland to be considered for a move back to the second tier of English football.
Hedges has gained a lot more experience north of the border – including in European competition – and he has clearly impressed if the likes of Boro and Rovers are willing to try and take a chance on him to bolster their own squads.
Aberdeen have a decision to make though – there’s no guarantee that Hedges will sign a new deal with the club and if he makes it clear that he would rather test himself in England again then they could have to cash in to a Championship side before August is over and done with.