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Aberdeen Target James Wilson To Leave Manchester United

Yesterday, 05:26 PM

Former Aberdeen loan star James Wilson will leave Manchester United at the end of his current contract on June 30.

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Aberdeen Chase Wilson Deal

Yesterday, 08:53 AM

Aberdeen are reportedly keen on securing striker James Wilson on a permanent contract this summer.

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Five Potential Transfer Targets For Aberdeen As Derek Mcinnes Plots Summer Rebuild At Pittodrie

Yesterday, 07:00 AM

Silly season is almost upon us in Scottish football which can mean only one thing – transfer speculation is about to spread like wildfire.

Aberdeen can expect to be right at the heart of much of it this summer as Dons boss Derek McInnes faces up to a major rebuild at Pittodrie.

Curtis Main is expected to be confirmed as an Aberdeen player early next month after agreeing a two-year deal to move to the Dons from Motherwell while former Reds defender Ash Taylor has also held talks with the club about a return to Scottish football after terminating his contract at Northampton Town.

Adding a central defender and a striker to his squad would be a promising start for McInnes but with the Dons boss shopping for free agents this summer he will have to choose wisely as he searches for new recruits.

Luckily for him, we’ve done some digging ourselves at the Press and Journal sportsdesk to weigh up some potential targets to add to his shopping list.

 

Paul Coutts

Sheffield United’s Paul Coutts (left) and manager Chris Wilder celebrate promotion to the Premier League.

The Dons lost one of their own in Graeme Shinnie following the captain’s departure for Derby County so who better to replace him than another one of their own in fellow Aberdonian Paul Coutts.

The 30-year-old was on Aberdeen’s books as a youngster before joining Cove Rangers in the Highland League. He moved to England with Peterborough United in 2008 and has spent the last 11 years in English football following spells at Preston North End, Derby County and most recently Sheffield United.

 

Craig Bryson

Craig Bryson on Scotland duty.

The 32-year-old Scot, who left Kilmarnock in 2011 to join Derby County, is something of a cult hero at Pride Park following his £350,000 move from Rugby Park eight years ago. A box-to-box player who has played for his country, Bryson is wanted by Killie who are keen to bring him back to Ayrshire but the Dons would also be a good option for him and his energy in midfield would appeal to McInnes.

Paul Caddis

Paul Caddis.

The Dons would love to bring Max Lowe back on loan from Derby County and if the Rams win promotion to the Premier League next week then their chances of landing him may improve, but Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is also casting admiring glances towards the left back.

One permanent option for the Dons could be Bradford City’s Paul Caddis. A graduate of Celtic’s youth academy, Caddis has played for Swindon, Birmingham City, Bury, Blackburn and Bradford City, and is a free agent after his contract with the Bantams expires this summer.

Graham Carey

Graham Carey in action for Ross County.

The Irishman is a potential replacement for Gary Mackay-Steven should the winger move on to pastures new. McInnes says he is already planning for life without his talented attacking midfielder and Carey, formerly of St Mirren and Ross County, would be a good fit after a fine spell in England with Plymouth Argyle. With an average of roughly a goal every three games for Argyle Carey, 30, is an intriguing option.

Tom Eaves

Gillingham Town striker Tom Eaves (right).

The striker has scored 22 goals in League One this season, prompting his club Gillingham, who finished 13th, to offer him a new deal.

McInnes needs to bolster his attacking options and should Celtic lend the Dons a helping hand and beat Hearts in the Scottish Cup final tomorrow, Aberdeen can use the chance to play in the Europa League this summer to help them attract new players. The 27-year-old, an imposing target man, has found form at Gillingham and will be a target of several clubs.

Don’t forget….
Tommie Hoban

Tommie Hoban spent this season on loan at Aberdeen.

The 25 year-old’s loan spell at Aberdeen this season can be summed up in one word – unlucky. A shoulder injury kept him out for months and within weeks of returning he suffered a knee injury which ended his season.

He is out of contract at Watford and despite his lack of first-team action McInnes remains an admirer. A versatile player who can play at right back or central defence, Hoban may just fancy a fresh start in Scotland.


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No-Brainer To Bring Ash Taylor Back To Aberdeen, Says Former Don Brian Irvine

Yesterday, 06:00 AM

Former Aberdeen defender Brian Irvine insists bringing Ash Taylor back to Pittodrie is a no-brainer for Dons boss Derek McInnes.

Former Don Taylor was back in the Granite City earlier this week to discuss a possible return to the club after agreeing his release from Northampton Town.

Ross County coach Irvine understands why former Wales under-21 international Taylor, who spent three years at Pittodrie, is being targeted by his old manager.

He said: “It’s a no-brainer that Aberdeen are trying to bring him back.

“The Dons are not Celtic or Rangers. They have to work in the free agent and loan market more often than not and I can see why Derek under those circumstances is looking at tried and trusted players he knows.

“The appeal to any manager is knowing what they are getting and it’s only natural Derek is interested in a player who has done so well for him I applaud him looking at bringing Taylor back as he is a proven commodity from his last spell at the club.

“I can see why Derek is keen on bringing him back to the club. He played every week when he was at the club in his first spell and did really well. He was also captain of the club he joined after leaving the Dons too and at 28 he should be reaching the peak years of his career.”

The news of Taylor being a signing target at Pittodrie has been greeted with a mixed reception by the Dons supporters.

Former Aberdeen defender Brian Irvine.

Irvine understands their desire for new faces but believes Taylor would be a shrewd acquisition for Aberdeen should he return to the club this summer.

He said: “It makes sense for the manager to look at players he knows. When I played a lot of clubs followed the mantra of ‘you should never go back’ but some work out well, some don’t.

“That is why I understand why some fans are not convinced. They want the excitement of a new signing as it feels fresh and new and Derek is never going to convince everyone with any signing he makes never mind a former player.

“But you’ve seen Russell Anderson come back and captain the team to the League Cup while at Ross County Michael Gardyne and Don Cowie have come back and played big roles for the club.

“I watched Taylor most weeks when I was working as an ambassador at Aberdeen and was very impressed. He is a quality player and his height makes him a very commanding presence in the air. His use of the ball was also very good and he showed he can be an attacking threat too.”


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Aberdeen Land £220,000 Less In Spfl Payments Than Kilmarnock After Losing Battle For Premiership’S Third Spot

23 May 2019 - 02:41 PM

Aberdeen have missed out on £220,000 after being pipped to third in the Premiership by Kilmarnock.

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