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Aberdeen set to discover fee they must pay for Lewis Ferguson

20/08/18 HAMPDEN PARK - GLASGOW Steven Gunn, Director of Football Operations at Aberdeen, arrives at Hampden for the tribunal that will determine the fee Aberdeen have to pay Hamilton for striker Lewis Ferguson

Aberdeen were today set to discover the development compensation fee they must pay Hamilton Academical for teenager Lewis Ferguson.

Steven Gunn, Aberdeen’s Football Operations Manager, today arrived at Hampden for the SPFL’s transfer tribunal which will determine the fee for the 18-year-old.

Aberdeen initially offered £100,000 for the midfielder but Hamilton valued the development compensation at £900,000.

With the teams unable to reach a compromise an SPFL transfer tribunal will sit to determine the amount Aberdeen must pay.

Hamilton vice-chairman Les Gray last week insisted the New Douglas Park side now wanted £1.25million and warned they were not a ‘diddy club’ that are ‘going to get done’.

The Dons are confident the fee will be closer to their valuation than Hamilton’s.

It  is understood the SPFL panel will be instructed to ignore everything Ferguson has done since arriving at Pittodrie.

The teen has forced his way into boss Derek McInnes’ starting line up and scored a sensational overhead kick in the 3-1 extra time loss to Premier League Burnley in the Europa League.

Whilst Hamilton have been vocal on the issue ahead of today’s tribunal the Dons have refused to get drawn into a war of words.

McInnes said: “We are looking forward to it.

“The tribunal should have been dealt with months ago and we have waited far too long.

“I don’t know the wisdom of that.

“We will speak more on it once the verdict is there on what we have to pay.”