Aston Villa will not sell John McGinn in January or next summer unless an offer of ‘epic proportion’ comes in for the 25-year-old.

Manchester United are looking to strengthen their midfield with the Scotland international on their radar.

But Villa are determined to hold on to McGinn who is also enjoying life at the club and his first season in the Premier League.

The Birmingham Mail say Villa could demand as much as £50m for the star.

McGinn has netted three times and provided two assists for the club in all competitions this season.

And alongside Jack Grealish in the Aston Villa midfielder the Scot has made a real impression.

It has been suggested that Sir Alex Ferguson has recommended McGinn to United in the summer.

Bobby Jenks, the scout who helped bring the McGinn to Villa, believes the legendary manager will be pulling some strings at Old Trafford.

“He’s up there with the best-performing midfielders in the division,” Jenks told the Athletic. “Wait until he’s had a year at that level and then we can say more.

“What I do know is that Sir Alex Ferguson is wondering why Manchester United let a talented Scottish boy slip through. He’ll be keeping a close eye on him that’s for sure and if he continues the way he is, you can bet he’ll be telling his pals at United, too.”

Villa boss Dean Smith has no desire to sell McGinn and has issued a warning to clubs who may be interested.

He said: “The big clubs can come calling but they’ll get a short, swift reply! He’s a player we want here at Aston Villa.

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“His value shot up from the moment he stepped out onto the Villa Park pitch and showed just what a player he is.

“He has an unbelievable energy level and a big, big heart, but people don’t see the technical side of it as well – he’s got that in abundance.

“He’s a really top player and pivotal to us getting promoted last season. He’s continued that form in the Premier League and his value would have certainly shot up.”



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