Transfer latest: Goalkeeper is No1 priority for Aberdeen manager McInnes

Aberdeen goalkeeper Danny Rogers.

Dons boss Derek McInnes is closing in on landing a goalkeeper before the transfer window shuts on Wednesday as he narrows down his targets.

McInnes was forced into moving in the winter window for a keeper following the injury to No1 Joe Lewis in the 2-0 loss to Rangers last week.

The 30-year-old suffered knee cartilage damage in the 2-0 loss at Rangers and will undergo surgery this week. Lewis is expected to be sidelined for up to two months.

Aberdeen have been linked with a loan move for Newcastle United keeper Freddie Woodman who won the U20 World Cup with England.

The 20-year-old won the Golden Glove for the tournament’s best keeper.

He was on loan at Kilmarnock for the second half of last season and made 14 starts for the Rugby Park side.

Newcastle United were today unavailable for comment. Aberdeen and McInnes have a policy of not commenting on any potential transfer until a deal has been completed.

Danny Rogers came in for the 3-1 defeat of Kilmarnock and McInnes was pleased with his contribution.

However, the Dons boss still aims to have another keeper secured before the window closes.

He said: “We will look to bring a keeper in, we will look at all options.

“It wasn’t something that was predicted or we anticipated doing.

“We are actually quite fortunate it happened in a transfer window when we maybe have more options.

“We have plenty of agents and options put towards us at the minute.

“We will focus on one or two and see if we can land one before Wednesday as there are some that are more appealing than others. It is ongoing.”

McInnes has previously raided the English Premier League for a loan keeper having landed Liverpool’s Danny Ward in 2015.

Wales cap Ward, 24, had a superb six-month loan spell at Pittodrie. He is third choice at Anfield and has featured just once for Liverpool this season – in a 2-0 League Cup loss to Leicester in September.

Whoever McInnes secures before the window closes he is confident he already has a solid stopper in former Republic of Ireland U21 cap Rogers.

McInnes said: “I was really pleased with Danny. It probably could have been a big impact losing Joe as he is such a key player for us.

“On his full debut Danny acquitted himself very well and had a great save at 3-1. You never know how important that is when it gets into the dying embers of the game.

“It was tough conditions as the wind made it difficult for keepers.”

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