Aberdeen have insisted Kenny McLean is not for sale after reports emerged over the weekend that Rangers had tabled a bid for the Aberdeen midfielder and that English Championship side Birmingham City were considering an offer.
However, the Reds have received no bids for McLean, who is in the final year of his contract and it is unlikely that any offers for the 25-year-old would be considered.
McInnes views McLean as one of his key players and as he continues to pursue new signing targets does not want one of his most valuable assets to leave.
Having already lost captain Ryan Jack to Pedro Caixinha’s side and with Hayes, McGinn, Ash Taylor and Peter Pawlett also leaving Pittodrie McInnes believes itis particularly important to hold on to McLean.
Reports that Birmingham were going to bid for the former St Mirren man surfaced because St Andrew’s manager Harry Redknapp spoke of his admiration for McLean after watching him in the Scottish Cup final defeat to Celtic at the end of May.
However, a source close to the club revealed that the Blues have not approached Aberdeen and are unlikely to as boss Redknapp explores other options.
The source said: “Redknapp praised McLean after seeing him in the Scottish Cup final.
“Although there doesn’t appear to be a real interest in signing him. Redknapp is keen on trying to sign tried and tested Champion-ship players as he tries to turn things around at Birmingham.”