Michael Devlin: Aberdeen sign defender and reject third McKenna bid

Michael Devlin
Michael Devlin (left) is currently recovering from a knee injury

Aberdeen have signed defender Michael Devlin from Hamilton Academical for an undisclosed fee.

Devlin, 24, will continue his recovery from a cruciate ligament injury at Pittodrie and could return to playing in March, having been out since May.

Meanwhile, Derek McInnes' Dons have rejected a third Hull City bid for centre-half Scott McKenna, 21.

"Derek McInnes didn't have to sell the club to me," Devlin told Aberdeen's website after joining until 2021.

"As soon as I heard of Aberdeen's interest I couldn't wait to join the Dons to hopefully win trophies and play regular European football."

Preston North End, who are managed by Devlin's former Accies boss Alex Neil, this week denied a deal had been struck for Devlin to join them.

McInnes is a long-time admirer of Devlin and had planned to bring the player north before injury struck in Hamilton's final league game of last season against Dundee.

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McInnes on 'brilliant' Devlin signing

That ruled him out of the club's crucial Premiership play-off final matches against Dundee United, which they survived by virtue of Greg Docherty's second-leg strike.

Docherty himself sealed a move away from Accies this week after agreeing a long-term deal with Rangers.

Devlin made his Hamilton debut against Rangers at Ibrox in January 2011, then-manager Billy Reid handing him a start at the age of 17.

He has gone on to make almost 150 appearances for the club.

And McInnes said: "To get the Hamilton captain, someone who we've always been attracted to - good size, good age, good type - and yes, injuries are part and parcel of the game, he's had to overcome that and he will with this injury as well, but I think he'll be a brilliant signing for us.

"Just delighted that we've managed to get him."

Scotland Under-21 international McKenna is wanted by Championship strugglers Hull in their fight against relegation to England's third tier.

The Tigers had two differently structured bids of £300,000 rejected by the Dons earlier in the month.

And BBC Scotland has learned the latest offer is higher but less than the £700,000 that has been reported.

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