McInnes looks to Newcastle keeper as cover for injured Dons star Lewis

New Aberdeen loan signing Freddie Woodman.

The Dons are hoping to sign Newcastle goalkeeper Freddie Woodman before the deadline closes at midnight tonight.

McInnes hopes to bring the stopper in to provide cover for Joe Lewis, who today under underwent surgery on ligament damage to his left knee sustained in the 2-0 loss to Rangers at Ibrox.

Lewis will be ruled out for between two to three months.

The Dons have already made three signings in the January transfer window, which will shut at midnight tonight, just hours after full-time in Dingwall.

McInnes hopes to expand this to four signings by landing a keeper on a loan deal until the end of the season before kick-off tonight.

It is understood Newcastle United’s U20 World Cup winner Freddie Woodman, 20, is on McInnes’ radar.

Derek McInnes is also said to be looking at Carlise’s Sam Cosgrove.

Asked if he aimed to sign a keeper before kick-off, McInnes said: “Ideally, if we can.

“Whether we can or not, Danny Rogers will play tonight.

“It is on-going to try to get a goalkeeper in.

“There have been a lot of names thrown at us and we have tried to narrow it down to two or three.

“We are focusing on trying to get something over the line.

“Joe saw a specialist on Monday night and will get his operation today.

“He will be out somewhere in the region of between two to three months.”

In the transfer window the Dons have rejected three bids from Hull City for defender Scott McKenna.

There have been no fresh bids and McInnes wants it to remain that way until midnight.

He informed Hull no bids are welcome as McKenna is not for sale in January.

However, McInnes refused to completely rule out another outfield addition.

He said: “In terms of numbers and quality I am happy with the squad.

“The work is on-going. No one is sitting about and the recruitment staff are busy.

“We are constantly speaking to agents and clubs about what might be available. We will see.

“But we do not have the money to go and do what we want.”

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