Glasgow Rangers have been linked with Scott Wright this month and, on Tuesday, his manager confirmed that Ibrox boss Steven Gerrard has been in touch over the attacker.
On Monday, the Daily Record reported that, after Rangers’ Scottish Premiership victory at Aberdeen, the league leaders told the Dons they intended to open pre-contract talks with the 23-year-old.
Wright is out of contract at Pittodrie in the summer and is eyeing a contract elsewhere, though it’s believed Aberdeen are also happy to organise a deal in the January window, should Rangers be open to the idea.
“There has been a conversation at boardroom level,” McInnes told reporters – as quoted by the Daily Record – ahead of Aberdeen’s trip to Livingston.
“I spoke to Steven yesterday, he called me to say that they would have an interest in Scott on a pre-contract and wanted to do things properly.
“That is not always the case when it gets to players running out of contract. We appreciate that Rangers came through the front door and did things properly.”
McInnes also said that he’s certain Wright will leave the club after making a first offer of a new contract back in October, and believes there are more suitors than just Rangers.
“I resigned myself that Scott was leaving anyway. We made our first offer to Scott in the first week in October and we have never had any encouragement from Scott or his agent.
“They never really gave us a chance of a counter offer so I have resigned myself over the last few months that the likelihood is he was leaving at the end of the season and nothing has really changed on that.
“I think there is more than one club interested but nonetheless Rangers have illustrated that they have an interest in Scott and they could do a pre-contract with Scott, really any time.”
Wright, who has come through the ranks at Pittodrie, has been in great form this season, registering five assists and two goals from 16 appearances in all competitions.
This season he has typically operated as a No.10 but he is capable of playing on either side of a three-man strike force too.
Previously deemed “terrific” by McInnes, Wright is destined for bigger and better things, and looks like he’d suit Gerrard’s Rangers well.