Evening Express

Dons set to sign left-back Lowe from Derby

Max Lowe in action earlier this season for Derby County.

Aberdeen have won the battle to land Derby County left-back Max Lowe on a loan deal.

A number of English clubs were keen on securing the 21-year-old defender from the Rams.

However, the Reds have beaten off competition and are today finalising a season-long loan move for Lowe.

The former England Under-20 international is set to undergo a Dons medical to become Pittodrie boss Derek McInnes’ eighth signing of the summer transfer window.

The Reds are also understood to have enquired about the availability of Sporting Lisbon midfielder Ryan Gauld who has been told he can leave the Portuguese club before the transfer window closes tomorrow.

Highly-rated left-back Lowe started the first two games of the English Championship for Derby this season.

However, he has slipped down the pecking order since the Rams suffered a heavy 4-1 loss to Championship leaders Leeds on August 11.

Lowe is now Derby boss Frank Lampard’s third choice left-back behind Scotland cap Craig Forsyth and Scott Malone, who made the move to Pride Park this summer from Huddersfield Town.

Derby believe Lowe has a bright future and are ready to offer him an extended contract.
However, Lampard believes it is better for the defender to go on loan to play regular football as part of his development.

Dons boss McInnes has moved to beat a number of clubs from south of the border to secure Lowe.

Although the English transfer window closed on August 11 for permanent deals, teams outwith the top flight south of the border can still take in loan signings until tomorrow.
Lowe spent last season on loan at Shrewsbury Town in League One.

Aberdeen were recently hit by a defensive crisis with four of the recognised six first-team defenders out through injury or suspension.

Left-back Andy Considine had to move to centre-back with Graeme Shinnie switching from midfield to the left of the defence.

The Reds are also understood to have enquired about former Scotland U21 international Gauld.

The 22-year-old, who was born in Aberdeen, still has two years left on his Sporting contract.

However, the Portuguese giants confirmed he can leave before the transfer window closes tomorrow – whether on a permanent or loan deal.

Gauld is in the fifth year of the six-year deal he signed after making his
£3 million switch to Portugal from Dundee United in 2014.

Any permanent transfer would likely be outwith the Dons’ budget and even a loan could prove costly.

Gauld is currently training with Sporting’s U23 squad. He has made two appearances for the first team and had two loan spells in Portugal.

The attacking midfielder spent last season on loan at top division side Desportivo Aves who are keen to bring the midfielder back. Gauld admitted in May that his preference is to remain in Portuguese football.