Boss Derek McInnes today confirmed he has a Plan B if the Dons cannot land Stevie May.
Preston North End’s May remains McInnes’ number one summer target for the striker position.
The Dons were close to completing the signing of Shaun Maloney but that could be in jeopardy after reports that the Scot has an injury concern. An earlier bid from Aberdeen for Scotland cap May has been rejected by Preston.
Sources indicate Preston are holding out for at least half of the £800,000 they paid Sheffield Wednesday for May in 2015.
Preston are also in a state of flux as they are searching for a new manager following Simon Grayson’s move to Sunderland.
Steve Thomson is currently caretaker manager with ex-Norwich boss Alex Neil, Uwe Rosler, Nigel Pearson and England U21 boss and ex-Norwich boss Aidy Boothroyd in the running to replace Grayson.
Aberdeen may have to play a waiting game to land May as the eventual new boss could look to assess his squad before sanctioning any deals.
McInnes hopes to have May on board for the new season but admits he has other options available.
He said: “We would like to bring a different kind of striker in.
“We have a few options and have a few enquiries in for some players.
“That interest has been taken a bit further for Stevie May.
“But he is Preston’s player and there is a lot of change at their club at the minute over their manager.
“So we need to go at their pace. However, he is not the only one we are looking at for that position.
“We have a few enquiries in for a few players and not everything is going to fall for you.
“If things do come off for us we will have some good options in the forward areas.
But a team like Aberdeen needs to have that.”
Following the exit of Niall McGinn and Jonny Hayes, boss McInnes admits the Dons are currently lacking width.
Republic of Ireland international winger Hayes joined Celtic in a £1.3 million transfer.
One player already at Pittodrie who could supply that width is teenager Scott Wright.
The 19-year-old scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 win over Partick Thistle in the final league game of last season.
It was Wright’s first start of that campaign.
Wright was scheduled to start the 3-0 win over St Johnstone in Perth at the weekend but was ruled out with a hamstring injury.
It was sustained while on international duty with the Scotland
McInnes hopes Wright will be available to face Arbroath on Thursday at Gayfield Park.
He said: “We need a wide player as you could see against St Johnstone that we had no real width.
“I would have liked to have started Scott at St Johnstone.
“However, his hamstring was tight, which was from his participation in the Toulon tournament.
“He came back injured and did not want to take a risk in Perth.
“We are hoping he will be fit for Thursday’s game at Arbroath.”