According to the Daily Record, Sheffield Wednesday and Queens Park Rangers have angered the Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, over their bids for Scott McKenna, who has also been linked with Nottingham Forest.
Wednesday and QPR are said to have made new and improved offers for McKenna, respectively, after the Aberdeen centre-back handed in a transfer request earlier this week.
That was said to have followed failed approaches from QPR and Nottingham Forest.
But McInnes told the Scottish newspaper, in an apparent response to the Owls and Rangers: “Clubs have had every opportunity to put their best foot forward over the past few weeks.
“Any club who is trying to deal so close to the game shows a total disregard for us, on the eve of such an important game.
“It is hardly ideal preparation. It is a Europa League game, a very important game, and these clubs have had the whole summer to do a deal and there is a degree of anger, frustration and contempt towards these clubs for trying to put their best foot forward now.”
The Daily Record has since reported that McKenna has flown to Croatia ahead of Aberdeen’s Europa League qualifier against NK Rijeka on Thursday, which should end any Sheffield Wednesday, QPR or Nottingham Forest hopes of a summer deal.
Wednesday have also been linked with a move for the Chelsea centre-back, Michael Hector, ahead of the deadline for Premier League and Championship clubs.
The Star claimed earlier this week that Hector could move for up to £5 million, which is at least £2m less than Aberdeen’s alleged McKenna asking price.