The striker was highly-thought of at Everton but couldn’t make the grade in their senior plans, leaving Merseyside at the start of the season for Ligue 1 side Stade De Reims. But it hasn’t brought regular senior minutes.
Hornby has played just three times, for a total of 32 minutes, this season after signing a contract in France until 2024. Now he’s being linked with a first dip into domestic Scottish football after shining for the Scotland U21s.
Aberdeen are said to be interested in a loan switch for the former Everton man, Callum Hendry of St Johnstone another target. Derek McInnes is poised to be limited in striker options with Sam Cosgrove all but confirmed as a Birmingham City player.
The forward moves to St Andrews in a £2 million deal but McInnes will have to make peace with a short-term solution, with no funds to splash out on a new permanent replacement for the time being. Long-term target Ross Stewart looks likely to move from Ross County to Sunderland.
Stade De Reims man Hornby became the Scotland U21s record goalscorer last year, taking his tally to 10 goals in 18 games at that level. Still only 21, the striker will want to build on his 18 senior appearances to date.
The longest spell he has had in a first-team is during a loan spell in Belgium with KV Kortrijk, playing 14 times with four goals. Now Aberdeen could beckon for the former Everton kid.
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