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aberdeen v st mirren TODAY, 12.15PM, LIVE ON BBC ONE DEREK MCINNES has told Hull they're wasting their time trying to sign Scott McKenna - but Norwich can have Kenny McLean if the price is right.

Tigers boss Nigel Adkins is hoping to make it third time lucky after having two bids for the Scotland Under-21 star knocked back.

But the Aberdeen gaffer insists there's no chance of him selling McKenna as he's under contract until 2021.

McLean's deal runs out in the summer though and the midfielder has already made it clear he won't be agreeing fresh terms.

So McInnes will be a lot easier to deal with if the Carrow Road side follow through on an expected PS500,000 bid.

The Pittodrie boss said: "There has been no official contact but I'm led to believe there will be an offer of some sort over the next week.

"I would be reluctant to lose any players at this stage of the season but if offers do come in you need to have a look at them. McKenna is on a four-year deal so I can say there is not an appetite to sell him but when players are out of contract there might be a different way of looking at it."

That means McLean could play his last game for the Dons in today's Scottish Cup clash with old club St Mirren.

McKenna misses out through suspension but McInnes insists the kid, 21, will be a fixture in the Dons defence for years to come.

He said: "I spoke with Nigel Adkins last week on various things and McKenna was mentioned but he won't be sold in January.

"There is no doubt he will be on a lot of people's radar but he is not one we have any appetite to sell and it won't happen this month.

"He'll be a full international as he has a lot of attributes and a brilliant mentality and calmness. You get a lot of young ones who get a few games and can become a bit of a bawheid but Scott's the exact opposite of that.

"It is important he just rattles through the games with Aberdeen and gets plenty of experience here.

"Being third or fourth choice at clubs in England is not conducive to what he wants to achieve."

But McInnes is hoping to increase competition for places at the back by signing Hamilton defender Mikey Devlin on a pre-contract.

McInnes: "I spoke to Martin Canning last month and we informed Hamilton we would be looking to speak to Mikey and we have done that.

"But there is nothing more to report at the minute."

The Dons reached the Scottish Cup Final last term but McInnes knows St Mirren present a tricky first step on the road to Hampden.

He said: "Jack Ross and his team have done fantastic work. They look like a Premiership team in waiting."

team news NIALL McGINN and Stevie May have recovered from injury and are in the Aberdeen squad for the cup clash.

But Chidi Nwakali misses out as the on-loan Manchester City midfielder has still to receive a work permit and Scott McKenna is suspended.

New recruits Mark Hill and Ryan Flynn are included in St Mirren's squad.

On-loan Liam Smith has been given the all clear to play by Hearts while fellow full-back Adam Eckersley is fit again.

The only injury absentee for the Buddies is Josh Todd.

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BLANK TRANSFER McKenna won't be sold but McLean, left, may move on

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