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Aberdeen satisfied with fee for teen midfielder Lewis Ferguson

Aberdeen's Lewis Ferguson

Aberdeen insist they are satisfied with the fee they will have to pay Hamilton for 18-year-old midfielder Lewis Ferguson.

Ferguson moved to Pittodrie in the summer however the two clubs could not agree a training compensation fee for the teenager.

Aberdeen initially offered £100,000 but the New Douglas Park side valued the rising star at £900,000.

Hamilton later increased that valuation to more than a million with the club’s vice chairman Les Gray last week insisted the figure should be around £1.25million.

The matter went to an SPFL Compensation Tribunal today with both clubs’ stating their case.

Aberdeen Football Operations Manager Steven Gunn represented the Reds at the Hampden meeting.

The compensation figure the Reds will have to pay is confidential although Aberdeen were clearly happy with the outcome.

Aberdeen had been confident before the Hampden hearing that the tribunal would decide on a figure closer to their valuation than Hamilton’s.

It was understood that the SPFL Compensation Tribunal would be advised to ignore everything Ferguson had done since joining  the Dons.

Ferguson has been a regular first team starter and scored a sensational over-head kick against Premier League Burnley in the 3-1 extra time loss at Turf Moor in the Europa League.

An Aberdeen FC statement read: “Following on from the Compensation Tribunal’s award decision this afternoon the club are satisfied with the outcome having received a fair hearing. “The details of the Tribunal and award are confidential and accordingly it is not our intention to make any further comment in relation to this matter.”