Aberdeen have spoken to St Johnstone winger Matty Kennedy about joining the club in the summer.
Kennedy is out of contract at the end of the season and the Dons have notified the Saints of their interest.
Tommy Wright spoke earlier this week of his belief that Kennedy would be heading to Pittodrie
Kennedy made 14 appearances for Kilmarnock as a teenager before moving to English Premier League side Everton in 2012. He also had three years at Everton and multiple loan spells, including at Hibernian, Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth. He joined St Johnstone 18 months ago and has scored 12 goals in 61 games.
McInnes said: “Matty is one we are looking at for a pre-contract for the summer. I spoke to Tommy, spoke to Matty’s agent and I’ve since spoken to Matty.
“We are hopeful we can maybe agree a pre-contract, but that’s really for the summer.”
Wright stated the Perth club would make Kennedy an offer too but he expected the midfielder, who has represented Scotland at youth level but was born in Northern Ireland, would depart.
Adding another wide player at the end of the season would increase McInnes’ options, with Jon Gallagher due to return to his parent club Atlanta United.
McInnes added: “Could he come early? We would need to agree a contract first. But that is entirely up to St Johnstone really. He is their player, he is one for the summer.
“The budget is stretched at the minute, but we have four injuries. Hopefully we can still get one or two things done. But I’m pleased we managed to get Dylan done so early. We are still hopeful we can hold onto the ones we’ve got and add one or two more.”