ABERDEEN FC signing target Don Cowie today became a free agent as his contract was terminated at Wigan Athletic by mutual consent.
The Dons have been tracking the 32-year-old and are keen to secure a midfielder before the January transfer window shuts on Monday.
Experienced central midfielders Ryan Jack and Willo Flood are both ruled out with long term hamstring injuries.
Dons boss Derek McInnes has played rising U20 squad star Craig Storie in that holding midfield role in the last two games.
However the Dons boss wants to make an ‘impact’ signing ahead of the top of the table showdown against Celtic at Pittodrie on Wednesday.
Capped 10 times by Scotland former Cardiff midfielder Cowie has made more than 200 appearances in England since moving south from Inverness Caley Thistle in 2009.
Aberdeen want to bring Cowie back to Scottish football and an opportunity has now opened up.
Cowie last played for the Latics as a substitute in the 3-3 draw against Sheffield United earlier this month.
Wigan boss Gary Caldwell said: “Don is a player I have a massive amount of respect for, I have known him a long time as a team-mate for Scotland and here at Wigan and now this season as his manager.
“He is a fantastic professional and has never given less than 100 per cent every time he puts on a match kit or a training top.
“The reality, however, is that he has not been getting as much football as he would have wished at this stage of his career and when the opportunity came up, he was happy with the situation and will now be able to explore what options he has.
“We wish him well, we hope he finds a club quickly because I have no doubt he has a lot to offer still.”
Aberdeen are also keen on Partick Thistle midfielder Stuart Bannigan who is out of contract at the end of the season.
The 23-year-old has recently held talks with Barnsley but Jags boss Alan Archibald is adamant Bannigan will not leave during the transfer window.
Any potential Dons deal would take a sizeable transfer fee or be a pre contract agreement.
Aberdeen have also been linked with Southampton’s England U21 international striker Sam Gallagher.
The exit of defender Paul Quinn, 30 back to Ross County from Pittodrie, has freed up funds from his wages to strengthen any Dons bid for signings.
Quinn signed on at Pittodrie last summer in a two-year deal but left the Dons earlier this week to sign an 18 month deal with the Staggies.