Aberdeen are today set to complete the signing of Birmingham City striker Greg Stewart on a season-long loan, after the club confirmed the player has passed his Pittodrie medical.
The 27-year-old arrived in the Granite City this morning to seal the move, with Stewart expected to put pen to paper shortly, becoming Derek McInnes’ third summer signing.
Dons boss McInnes also confirmed there will be more signings arriving before the Uefa Europa League signing deadline of Friday, July 7.
The Dons saw off competition from Hearts, Hibs, Motherwell and Dundee for Stewart.
McInnes said: “We want to make a few signings before the European deadline so that we are ready for that (Europa League).
“We will try to make the signings that help maintain our standards and push on this season.
“I am very confident that will be the case and will be played out over the next few weeks.
“Rest assured the work has been done to bring a level of player in that is expected to meet the demand here.”
The Dons are set to kick-start their Europa League campaign at the second qualifying round against either Ordabasy of Kazakhstan or Široki Brijeg of Bosnia-Herzegovina on July 13.
Aberdeen’s hopes of landing Stewart before the Uefa transfer deadline for that round suffered a blow when Birmingham boss Harry Redknapp indicated he wanted to assess the striker in a pre-season tour of Austria, which finishes on July 16.
Redknapp had also claimed no Scottish club could afford Stewart’s wages, even on loan.
However, the Dons have brokered a loan deal for Stewart, who signed for Birmingham from Dundee in a £500,000 move last summer.
Stewart will be the third summer signing following the capture of midfielder Greg Tansey on a three-year contract from Inverness Caley Thistle.
Celtic attacker Ryan Christie has also arrived on a season-long loan.
McInnes has also targeted Scotland international Shaun Maloney, 34, who is set to confirm in the next few days if he will accept the offer of a two-year deal from the Dons.
The attacker has been offered a one-year contract to re-sign at Hull City, who were recently relegated to the Championship.
Although the Reds cannot compete with Championship wages it is hoped the security of a longer deal and regular action can persuade Aberdeen-raised Maloney to sign on at Pittodrie.
McInnes is reshaping his squad following the loss of Jonny Hayes to Celtic in a £1.3m move and Ryan Jack to Rangers under freedom of contract.
Niall McGinn, Peter Pawlett (MK Dons) and Ash Taylor also left Pittodrie at the end of last season.
McInnes, who returned to pre-season training yesterday with the Dons squad, said: “I have been given assurances that we can go and reshape the squad.
“I actually think reshaping the squad is not such a bad thing.
“The impact of losing key players doesn’t need to have a huge impact.
“Losing players is something we have not been used to as we have managed to keep the majority of the team together.
“That consistency has helped us and hopefully the good players that we already have, added to the good players arriving, it will seem quite seamless.”
Stewart will be the second player to arrive this summer on loan, alongside Celtic attacker Christie.
The Dons had initially pushed for a permanent deal for Christie who enjoyed a successful loan spell at Pittodrie last season.
McInnes said: “We tried hard to get Ryan on a permanent deal.
“We put in a couple of very strong offers, ones which we thought would be accepted.
“But then Celtic said he wasn’t for sale.
“We had agreed a fee with Jonny going the other way (to Celtic).
“We were keen to get Ryan on a permanent for loads of reasons.
“I wanted Ryan to be an Aberdeen player and didn’t want him to have any restrictions in terms of a loan agreement and playing against Celtic.
“However, Celtic made it clear Ryan still had a future with them potentially further down the line.”
Meanwhile, Wolves are reportedly weighing up a move for Aberdeen’s highly-rated teen Terry Taylor.
The midfielder, 16, made his Dons Under-20 debut at just 14 years of age.
Wolves would have to pay development compensation in excess of £100,000.