Dons boss Derek McInnes has refused to comment about his move to bring Celtic winger Gary Mackay-Steven north to Pittodrie.
McInnes never speaks about transfer speculation but it’s believed efforts are underway to try to persuade Mackay-Steven to sign as a replacement for the departing Niall McGinn.
The news of Aberdeen’s interest in the 26-year-old broke as they ended their Premiership campaign with a sensational 6-0 victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.
Teenage winger Scott Wright netted his first top team hat-trick as the rampant Reds set a new club league points record of 76 in what was the perfect preparation for Saturday’s Scottish Cup showdown with Celtic at Hampden.
Wright’s display at Firhill underlined how determined he is to feature at Hampden in the final and next season.
But it looks as if he may have to compete for a place against Scotland international Mackay-Steven.
Sources say McInnes has already held talks with Thurso-born Mackay-Steven, who has also played for Ross County, Liverpool, Airdrie United and Dundee United.
Whether he would be signed on a permanent deal or loan one would be up to Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers.
Mackay-Steven, who joined Celtic in January 2015 in a £250,000 deal, is still contracted to them until the summer of 2019.
McInnes is also hoping to sign Scotland international forward Shaun Maloney, who is leaving Hull City in the wake of their relegation from the English Premier League.
The Dons have already secured the services of Inverness Caley Thistle midfielder Greg Tansey.
He is a seen as a direct replacement for skipper Ryan Jack, who has confirmed he is leaving Aberdeen and is reported to be close to agreeing on a move to Premiership rivals Rangers.
Jack returned from injury from the bench during what was an astonishing final league win of the season for them in Glasgow.On-loan Celtic midfielder Ryan Christie also scored a double in his farewell appearance, with Jonny Hayes completing their tally in Aberdeen’s biggest win at Firhill since a 7-0 triumph in season 1992-93.
McInnes hailed hat-trick hero Wright, who was making only his second start of the campaign, for his contribution.
The Dons boss said: “Scott was sensational. He played the way he has been training recently.
“Every day the players have the chance to show me what they can do and Scott took his.
“We wanted to rest Niall McGinn ahead of the final and we all know we are losing him.
“Seeing Scott play like that gives us a lot of optimism for the future.
“He is player we have high hopes for.”