Aberdeen transfers latest news on McGrath, Ramsay, Campbell and Gurr as Rangers clash comes too soon for Watkins


Aberdeen forward Marley Watkins will miss the Premiership restart with Rangers as Stephen Glass continues to reshape his squad.

The forward limped out of the win over Dundee before the winter stoppage due to a foot injury.

The Dons Glass manager had hoped he would be fit for next Tuesday’s Pittodrie clash with the Champions, but that will come too soon.

The Welsh international is expected to be out for a few more weeks as he seeks to overcome his foot problem.

There had been allegations that Watkins could be out for the season, but the club dismissed those fears.

Aberdeen still has top scorer Christian Ramirez and Jay Emmanuel Thomas to fill that void while Connor McLennan can play there as well.

Aberdeen has also said Brighton midfielder Teddy Jenks will remain at Pittodrie for the season. There was a break-up clause in the deal, but the Dons will keep the 19-year-old for the second half of the campaign. Aberdeen has decided not to extend the loans of Samuels or Matty Longstaff, who returned to Newcastle after his ill-fated loan.

Aberdeen is also preparing for offers for the Calvin Ramsay price asset.

The right-back is attracting interest from top Premiership and European teams.

Glass and Cormack have already made it clear that it takes a club record bid and they don’t want that to happen in the last week of the window – if anything happens.

Cormack has also made it clear that Aberdeen is under no financial pressure to sell and will only do so if it is convenient for all parties involved.

He added: “We’re a week in the window where we don’t need to sell a player.

Aberdeen President Dave Cormack

“If we do, it’s on our terms and only if we think we have coverage or can reinvest.”

Aberdeen has already been active in the market by recruiting the young American Dante Polvara.

The 22-year-old midfielder has been named the best male player in American college football and has signed pro-forms in Pittodria.

Polvara signed a two and a half year contract subject to obtaining a work permit.

Aberdeen is also in talks with Jamie McGrath of St Mirren over a pre-contract and is convinced it comes close.

The Irish midfielder is expected to become a free agent when his Buddies contract expires at the end of this season.

There is also interest in some of the existing Glass teams.

Kilmarnock and Rochdale both want a loan for midfielder Dean Campbell.

Aberdeen is reluctant to let him out, but ex-manager Derek McInnes is pushing to try and get him to Rugby Park to bolster Killie’s promotional load.

England’s Ligue 2 team Rochdale are also keen to offer him regular first-team football.

Defender Jack Gurr is also attracting interest in United Soccer League and could return there this month.

The England full-back came from Atlanta United’s B-team but struggled to play regularly for the first-team in Scotland.

Several USL clubs are now ready to offer him the chance to return to the second American level.

Star man Ryan Hedges is out of contract this summer and is set to pre-contract with Blackburn Rovers. It remains to be seen whether the England Championship side would make an offer this month, having had an offer of £ 400,000 rejected in the final window.


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