Anthony O’Connor looks set to leave Pittodrie because he does not see Aberdeen as the best place to further his career.
The Evening Express understands the Irishman has yet to be offered a new contract by the Dons and it appears unlikely he will be playing in the Granite City next season.
That is despite lengthy discussions between O’Connor, whose contract is up at the end of May, and the club.
Even though talks have taken place, it is understood the Reds have yet to make the 25-year-old a formal contract offer.
On May 14 Aberdeen announced that Kari Arnason, Nicky Maynard and Daniel Harvie had been released and that Kenny McLean (Norwich City), Ryan Christie (Celtic), Greg Stewart (Birmingham City), Freddie Woodman (Newcastle United), Dom Ball (Rotherham) and Chidi Nwakali (Manchester City) had returned to their parent clubs.
The Dons also revealed then that talks with O’Connor were ongoing. But despite discussions, the issue has still not been resolved.
It is understood O’Connor has not ruled out staying at Pittodrie but needs convincing that Aberdeen is the best place to further his career.
He is believed to be open to a move to League One in England, or preferably the English Championship.
The former Burton Albion man believes a move to the Championship could provide him with a bigger platform, which if he performs well, could mean a move even higher.
O’Connor is considering his options and has placed the ball in the Dons’ court and wants to see what they offer him before deciding where he will play his football next term.
He already has plenty of experience of the English lower leagues, having had loan spells in League Two with Burton and Torquay United while at Blackburn Rovers.
O’Connor also had a loan spell with Plymouth Argyle and joined them permanently in 2015, before moving on to Burton in the summer of that year.
He joined the Reds from the Brewers in the summer of 2016.
The former Republic of Ireland Under-21 international has been a regular under McInnes.
In his first season in the Granite City he made 42 appearances for the Reds as they finished second in the Premiership and reached both cup finals.
This campaign O’Connor played 49 times as the Dons finished second behind champions Celtic for the fourth year in a row and secured European football for a fifth successive season.
He produced one of his best displays of the season in Aberdeen’s last game of the season, a 1-0 win against the Hoops at Parkhead.
That was the Reds’ first league win at the venue since October 2004 and ended a run of 25 visits without a point.
Meanwhile, in recent days the Dons have also been linked with Peter-borough United defender Jack Baldwin and midfielder Chris Forrester, pictured.
But the Reds will be required to pay a fee for both players because they are still under contract with Posh.
Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch has also been offered a contract by Aberdeen but they face competition from the Hibees and English Championship clubs.