Aberdeen today completed the loan signing of Watford defender Tommie Hoban.
The 24-year-old is a former U21 Republic of Ireland international and has joined for the rest of season.
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Hoban has been secured from the Premier League side before tonight’s 11pm UEFA deadline for the registration of new signings for the Europa League second qualifying round.
He goes straight into contention for selection for tomorrow’s Battle of Britain Euro clash against English Premier League side Burnley.
Aberdeen are also understood to be hopeful of signing a keeper before the deadline closes as two signings are allowed to be registered today.
Hoban, who is 6ft 2in, can play at centre-back or right-back and began his career at Arsenal.
In 2013 he was a transfer target for Manchester United and Chelsea.
He has made more than 60 appearances for Watford and also spent a season on loan at Blackburn Rovers.
Dons boss Derek McInnes said: “Tommie is a player we had last week and thankfully we managed to get the deal resurrected.
“First and foremost he’s an excellent defender and it’s well known that we’ve been in the market for another defender and to get a player of his quality from Watford is a great piece of business.
“Although he can play anywhere in the defence, centre back is his preferred position.”