Dons boss Derek McInnes confirmed he is set to hold talks with Derby County in a bid to extend Max Lowe’s loan deal.
Left-back Lowe was secured on a loan deal until January from the Championship club and has been a stand-out performer for Aberdeen in recent matches.
McInnes aims to retain the 21-year-old at Pittodrie for the entire season and will pitch his case to extend the loan deal to Derby boss Frank Lampard.
He said: “I am due to speak to Frank in the next couple of weeks as we said we would look at it again in the middle of December.
“I spoke with Frank a couple of weeks ago and he is well aware where Max is, how we feel about it and how Max feels about it.
“I am not putting words in Frank’s mouth, but in an ideal world he will see the benefit of Max staying here for the season.
“However, Max is Derby’s player and they might feel the best place for him and them is for Max to be back at Derby for the second half of the season.
“We are hoping that is not the case because Max has been fantastic for us.
“I think both Frank and clearly ourselves can see the benefit of Max staying with us and playing regular football.
“Hopefully that can be the case.”
Such is the high regard England and Chelsea legend Lampard holds for Lowe he secured the left-back on a three-year contract extension the day before he travelled to Aberdeen to start his half-season loan deal.
Lowe has started the last seven games for Aberdeen and McInnes was impressed with his performance in containing the threat of some of the Premiership’s top wingers during that run.
McInnes said: “Max has got better and better as you can only hope for any loan player.
“In recent games he has dealt with three of the top wide players in the league.
“Max dealt with Martin Boyle (Hibs, 1-0 win) very well and also with James Forrest (Celtic, 1-0 loss Betfred Cup final) and Daniel Candeias (Rangers, 1-0 win).
“He has dealt with a lot of high- profile games as well and is learning and getting better.
“Max has been great and is loving it.
“A lot of the loan players when they come to this club throw themselves into being an Aberdeen player.
“Max has done that and is making the most of his loan at the minute and doing very well.”
Derby boss Lampard is in regular contact with defender Lowe to monitor his progress and is happy with his time in Scotland.
Lampard faces a key decision as to whether to retain the former England U20 international at Pride Park for the second half of the campaign to alleviate a left-back injury problem or to extend the Dons’ loan deal.
Derby suffered a blow at left back last month when Scotland international Craig Forsyth suffered a serious knee injury.
Forsyth subsequently underwent surgery to repair anterior cruciate ligament damage and will miss the rest of the season.
Summer signing Scott Malone is currently first-choice left-back.
Lowe already has first team experience with Derby this season as he started the opening two Championship games against Reading and Leeds United.
He subsequently fell down the pecking order following the signing of Malone and the return of Forsyth from injury towards the end of August.
Derby boss Lampard watched Lowe produce a strong performance against Celtic’s in-form Forrest in the Betfred Cup final loss at Hampden earlier this month.
Lampard said: “I spoke to Max this week. It (the loan) has been great for Max.
“It is great for him to get regular game-time, show his fitness and show his physicality. I watched the game against Celtic, which I thought he did well in, and I thought Aberdeen did well.
“I know Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes well and I knew he was in very safe hands in terms of the manager he was going to work under.
“Aberdeen are very happy with Max, so it has been a good exercise for everybody.”