Evening Express

McInnes: New deal would make Shinnie one of Aberdeen’s top earners

Graeme Shinnie, left

Boss Derek McInnes today confirmed the Dons have offered a contract to Graeme Shinnie and is hopeful the club captain will sign.

Shinnie is out of contract at the end of the season and will be free to talk to any interested clubs from the start of the winter transfer window on January 1.

The Evening Express recently revealed securing Shinnie on a new deal was a “priority” for McInnes and the Pittodrie board.

They have now tabled a contract to make the 27-year-old Scotland international one of the highest-paid players at the club.

McInnes plans to sit down with Shinnie and his agent after the transfer window closes on August 31 to thrash out a deal.

He is hopeful Shinnie, who will lead the Dons out in the BetFred Cup against St Mirren tomorrow, will pen a new Dons contract.

McInnes said: “The offer to Graeme is as good as we could make.

“Graeme has said a lot of positive things and we want him to stay so, hopefully, it can be resolved.

“He will be rightly regarded at the top of the wage structure for us.

“We can only do what we can to keep him and are working hard on that.

“We have agreed we will speak to Graeme and his agent after the window closes when he comes up to Aberdeen. We will try to thrash out a deal.

“We’re working hard on Graeme and are hopeful of a positive outcome in terms of the offer we’ve made to him.

“Graeme knows my views on him and I wouldn’t swap him for anybody.

“He has indicated he is not against staying at the club so, hopefully, we can have some good news on that front before long.”

McInnes is hopeful Manchester United striker James Wilson will be fit to make his Dons debut tomorrow.

The 22-year-old was secured this week on a season-long loan deal from the Old Trafford club.

However, Wilson has yet to train fully having sustained an ankle knock while playing for Manchester United’s U23’s in a 2-2 draw with Fulham in Premier League 2 last Friday.

The striker, who has played 18 times for the Manchester United first team, was being assessed today.

McInnes said: “James Wilson picked up a little ankle knock that we have been managing this week from his game on Friday.

“The intention is for him to train today and then be added to the squad.

“James has not joined in full training yet and has been working with the physios and doing bits and pieces. We will try to give James every chance to be involved tomorrow.

“We have waited long enough for him and are keen to get him straight into the action.”

Former England U21 international Wilson was McInnes’ seventh signing of the summer.

The Dons will discover on Monday how much they will have to pay for summer signing Lewis Ferguson.

Former Hamilton Accies teenager Ferguson has made an immediate impact at Pittodrie and scored a sensational overhead kick in the 3-1 extra-time loss to Premier League Burnley in the Europa League.

Aberdeen and Hamilton could not agree a figure for development compensation for the teen and it will now go to arbitration at an SFA tribunal at Hampden on Monday.

Aberdeen are understood to have offered £100,000 for Ferguson.

Hamilton reportedly want £1.25 million for their Academy graduate.

Hamilton vice-chairman Les Grey this week hit out at the Dons claiming “It can’t be that Scott McKenna is worth £20m in the eyes of Aberdeen and Lewis Ferguson is worth only £100,000.

“It is impossible for that to be the case.

“It can’t be that we are the wee diddy club and we’re going to get done. That’s just not going to happen because we’ll not accept that.”

McInnes refused to get drawn into a war of words and is keeping his counsel until the tribunal.

It is understood the panel will be advised to focus solely on Ferguson’s time at Hamilton and not take into consideration his strong start at Pittodrie.