EXCLUSIVE: McInnes delighted to hold on to McKenna after Hull’s late £1m bid

Aberdeen's Scott McKenna celebrates his opener against Kilmarnock.

Aberdeen knocked back a £1 million bid from Hull City for Scott McKenna on transfer deadline day.

The Dons had informed the Championship Tigers the defender was not for sale after rejecting three previous bids – with the highest £700,000.

Hull tested their resolve with a seven-figure approach, but the Dons stood firm.

Boss Derek McInnes said: “It wasn’t an official bid in writing but it was a conversation that was had and there were figures mentioned that would have increased what was offered previously.

“We were consistent with what we said in that Scott wasn’t for sale in January. “We are delighted that we have him for the rest of the season. We have value on the pitch and Scott is part of that.”

The Evening Express understands Hull’s late approach for the 21-year-old centre-back was at the minimum £1m mark.

McInnes is confident the Scotland Under-21 skipper will only get better at Pittodrie.

The defender has been a first-team regular in recent months and was also being tracked by Aston Villa.

He said: “Scott is with us on a long-term deal and he feels, and we feel, that it is important he keeps making these steps forward in his career and gaining experience. He will get that with us.”

As well as batting off late interest from McKenna the Dons landed two signings, and beat Ross County 4-2, on a busy transfer deadline day.

Newcastle United’s U20 World Cup winning keeper Freddie Woodman, 20, was secured on loan until the end of the season.

Woodman was drafted in after keeper Joe Lewis was ruled out for up to three months having undergone surgery on knee ligament damage.

Carlisle United striker Sam Cosgrove was also secured on a two-and-a-half year contract.

McInnes admits he has a tough choice on who will start in goals against Hamilton today.

Danny Rogers has held the No1 jersey for wins over Ross County and Kilmarnock.

McInnes said: “We had to react swiftly to Joe’s situation and focused on Freddie.

“While we had to wait on Newcastle getting their goalkeeper in we felt we had an agreement in place with Freddie and Newcastle that would allow us to get him.

“I am delighted that everybody stuck to their word and Freddie brings in a quality of keeper we were looking for once Joe got injured.

“In Freddie and Danny we have two capable keepers and I am delighted that we have that level of competition.

“Decisions are there to be made and whatever decision I do make I will be happy with it because I feel I have two strong keepers.”

Striker Cosgrove goes into the squad to face Hamilton today.

McInnes said: “It is good that we have managed to get Sam now rather than waiting until the summer.”

Lewis underwent surgery on Wednesday on an injury sustained during the 2-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox.

McInnes said: “Joe had his operation and it went well.

“He will be out for the best part of two to three months but at least he is on his way back.”

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