English Championship club Stoke City are said to be interested in St Johnstone midfielder Ali McCann (Sun).

Stoke City manager Michael O’Neill knows McCann through his time as Northern Ireland boss, the Saints midfielder now a regular pick in that international squad. St Johnstone are braced for interest in several of their key assets after winning a historic League and Scottish Cup double last season, including McCann.

Wanted by Stoke City.

Wanted by Stoke City. (Photo by Ross Parker/SNS Group via Getty Images)

Saints are believed to rate McCann at £1 million and that price could be enough to tempt the Perth club into talking over a transfer for McCann.

St Johnstone return for pre-season training today as preparations begin for their UEFA Europa League qualifying campaign next month.

Hull City are also keen on McCann, while Celtic have scouted him twice in the last 12 months, once in November 2020 and again during April’s Scottish Cup semi-final between St Johnstone and St Mirren.

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