Evening Express

Aberdeen boss McInnes biding time as he hunts best possible signing for attack role

Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes celebrates Bruce Anderson's equaliser against Rangers.

Dons boss Derek McInnes insists he has not signed a striker yet because he is waiting for the right goalscorer to become available.

McInnes has been in the market to add a centre-forward during the summer transfer window but has yet to land his man.

That search intensified when Adam Rooney, the Dons leading scorer for four seasons, moved to Salford City for a six-figure sum.

A bid of £250,000 for John Marquis was rejected by Doncaster Rovers and McInnes also enquired about a move for Preston’s Eoin Doyle.

Aberdeen had to rely on teenage striker Bruce Anderson, pictured, to grab an injury time equaliser on his debut to salvage a 1-1 draw with Rangers.

The only other strikers at Pittodrie are Stevie May, who scored five goals last season, and Sam Cosgrove, who has yet to net for the Dons.

McInnes insists he has kept his cool in the transfer market so that he can land the best striker possible in their budget.

He said: “It is not for the want of trying.

“It is not that we have not identified it. It is just that I am responsible for bringing the best players possible into the club.

“And I have not wanted to blink too early because it is too important for us.”

Aberdeen had been linked with a potential loan move for Preston North End’s Louis Moult.

However, it is understood Preston are keen to make Moult their main striker in the upcoming season.

Moult started for Preston in the 1-0 defeat of Queens Park Rangers in the weekend’s Championship opener.

McInnes insists securing a centre-forward is the toughest position to fill.

He said: “We have looked at a few things.

“At the top end of the pitch, striker is always the most difficult to bring in.

“That is why clubs are reluctant to lose those types of player at times.”

Securing an established goalscorer in an inflated market is becoming increasingly difficult.

However, McInnes admits it is not only Aberdeen that are finding that – it is common throughout Scotland and England.

McInnes said: “I speak to enough managers in England who are all finding the same difficulties.

“A few years ago we took in what I thought was the best free transfer from the English leagues in Jayden Stockley (from Bournemouth. Sold to Exeter a year later for £100,000).

“We managed to get him.

“With the out-of-contract list for strikers there are very few there that can improve you.

“Then you look at the loan market which is difficult because of the chain effect of clubs looking to get their own business done.

“Then the last port of call is obviously to go and try and buy a player.”