Evening Express

Aberdeen could still sign striker before 11pm UEFA deadline

Derek McInnes.

Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes admits he could still sign a striker in time for the Europa League clash with Burnley tomorrow.

McInnes could yet add a centre-forward before tonight’s 11pm UEFA deadline to register new signings for the second qualifying round against the Premier League Clarets.

A maximum of two signings can be registered before that deadline to be eligible to face Burnley.

Aberdeen today secured Watford defender Tommie Hoban on a season long loan and keeper Tomas Cerny, a free agent, on a year long contract.

Both have been registered with UEFA however there remains scope to still change that by replacing either Hoban or Cerny as the registered player before 11pm if required – if the Reds can push a new signing through in time.

On signing a striker, McInnes today said: “I am still looking to try to add to the squad.

“We have looked at a few things.

“Whether it can be done before 11 o’clock tonight remains to be seen.

“If it doesn’t it means we can reassess and keep working away.”

Aberdeen have been linked with a potential move for Preston’s Louis Moult.

The Reds also had a bid for Doncaster Rovers’ John Marquis, understood to be £250,000, rejected. It is understood the move for Marquis will not be revisited.

Aberdeen also made an approach to land Preston North End striker Eoin Doyle but the former Hibs centre-forward wants to remain in England.