Wigan Athletic’s opening bid for St Mirren midfielder Jamie McGrath has been knocked back, according to the Scottish Sun (live transfer blog, 22.07.21, 19.12).
The report states that the League One club’s initial offer of £300,000 has been rejected by the Scottish Premiership side.
McGrath netted 17 times in 45 appearances in all competitions last season and has emerged as quite a highly sought-after individual this summer.
Peterborough United were the only English club named, but a report from the Daily Record suggests that several sides south of the border are interested in him.
Adding to the demand is one of St Mirren’s divisional rivals in Aberdeen, but Wigan are the first club to progress their interest into an offer.
The goalscoring midfielder arrived at the Scottish club from Dundalk last year but is entering the final year of his contract with the side who finished seventh in last season’s Scottish Premiership.
Wigan have made an excellent start to this transfer window and their early business suggests that they will be in and amongst the promotion challengers come next May.
With the ambitions that the club hold, Wigan could be an excellent destination for McGrath. However, Peterborough are already s second-tier club and the prospect of playing Championship football immediately may tempt the 24-year-old on a personal level.
17 goals in a season for a midfielder is an excellent return at any level of football and would be a shrewd addition to any of the named clubs in pursuit.
It is no real surprise to see teams circling for the young midfielder and it would be unlikely that McGrath will be a St Mirren player next year.