Swansea City last night raised the stakes in the battle to sign Derry City’s flying winger Niall McGinn.
The Welsh side are fighting it out with a mystery Championship club for the services of McGinn.
It is understood that both clubs have had offers in excess of £150,000 turned down by the Candystripes, but Swansea have moved ahead in the fight for the 21-year-old’s signature with a fresh bid of £200,000 believed to have been tabled.
It now remains to be seen if that is acceptable to Derry, with further add-ons expected to see that figure increase substantially.
Although the fee for McGinnis expected to dwarf anything previously received by Derry it is unlikely to reach the £300,000 down payment St Patrick’s Athletic received this week from Birmingham City for Keith Fahey.
And while English clubs continue to show their interest in 21-year-old McGinn, Celtic’s failure to table an offer after being refused permission to take the player on trial doesn’t mean they are no longer keen on the player.
It is almost certain that McGinn, who made his Northern Ireland debut against Hungary last month, has played his last game for Derry and that come January he will be with a new club.
Derry won’t receive the full fee for McGinn, however, with his previous club Dungannon Swifts being well aware of the player’s potential to have a sell-on clause written into his contract when he joined the Brandywell outfit in January this year.
They will pick up 20 per cent of the package when McGinn moves.