Aberdeen face a battle with League One sides Peterborough and Sunderland for Ross County right-back Jason Naismith.
Peterborough Director of Football Barry Fry today confirmed the Posh have tabled a cash bid to sign Naismith who has two years left on his Staggies’ deal.
It is understood the Dons have offered a player-plus cash deal in an attempt to see off other clubs interested in Naismith.
Sunderland have pitched in with a £200,000 bid for the 23-year-old defender.
However, Ross County chairman Roy MacGregor will not accept less than £250,000 for the full-back. It is understood Posh have matched that figure.
Fry confirmed there has been no fresh approach from Aberdeen for defender Jack Baldwin.
He said: “We have made a bid for Naismith, but I have not been told it’s been accepted.
“If it has that’s good news and hopefully the player will come down to us.
“I spoke to their chairman and made an offer. “He was due to get back to me when he returned from holiday.
“The player has also been on holiday so no transfer talks have yet been set.
“Our manager (Steve Evans) is very keen on Naismith.
“He’s been speaking about him for a while.” Aberdeen hope they can beat Posh and Sunderland to Naismith by tabling an offer of a player plus cash.
The player is understood to be Greg Tansey who was on loan at the Highlanders for the second half of the season.
County had an agreement with the Reds to sign Tansey at the end of the season but that fell through following the Staggies’ relegation.
Tansey, who has two years left on his Pittodrie deal, is set to return to pre-season training with the Dons next week but has been told he is free to find another club.
The Staggies are resigned to losing Naismith this summer.
County co-manager Steven Ferguson said: “We will respect what Jason’s interests are and he understands that any offer needs to be right for the club.
“I don’t see any problems with that.”
Dons boss Derek McInnes has also targeted ex-Rangers striker Kenny Miller who is now a free agent having left Ibrox.
Miller will make a decision on his future before the Dons return for pre-season training on Friday June 22.
McInnes met the striker in Florida, although it is understood no formal offer has been tabled. Miller’s former club Hibs are also in the hunt to sign him along with Motherwell, Dundee and St Mirren.
Livingston will hold talks with Miller this weekend in a bid to persuade him to take a player-manager role.
When asked about his meeting with McInnes, Miller said: “It was just a chance encounter, but I have spoken to various people regarding options for next year.
“I still want to win and I still want to play for a team that can be successful.
“Speaking to managers and seeing what they see my role being is important as well.
“Everybody is back training between June 15 and 23, so decisions have to be made pretty quickly if I’m going to stay in Scotland.”