Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce today refused to rule out making another move for Aberdeen defender Scott McKenna.
The Reds knocked back a £7 million offer from the Championship side for the Scotland international.
Bruce confirmed Villa made a bid for McKenna during the recent summer transfer window but were told by the Dons the 21-year-old is not for sale.
Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes recently admitted McKenna could be sold as early as January if any future approach meets the Pittodrie club’s valuation and allows enough time to replace the centre-back.
The winter transfer window opens on January 1.
Bruce said: “I spoke to Derek McInnes 10 days before (the window closed). But the stance was that he wasn’t for sale.
“It was like us with (Jack) Grealish – he wasn’t for sale in this window.
“We didn’t like to hear that, but a bit like what we did with Jack, they did with Scott McKenna.”
Aberdeen also rejected a £3.5m bid from Premiership champions Celtic for McKenna, contracted until summer 2023, during the summer transfer window.
Bruce admits McKenna remains on his radar.
He said: “He is someone we have had a look at, Scott. But there are two or three other players in Scotland we have been looking at as well.
“We will see what develops.”