Scottish Daily Express

Mark Holden Out For Hero

Aberdeen boss Mark McGhee is on the trail of US international Stuart Holden. The 24 year old midfielder, who was born in the Granite City, is out of contract at MLS side Houston Dynamo at the end of the season and is on McGhee's wanted list.

Holden revealed this week that his goal to be in the USA's World Cup squad would have a big say in which club he joins.

McGhee said: "Stuart Holden is another of the names we have on our list. It could be one that happens in January or we may have to wait until the end of the season."

Stuart Holden

Press and Journal

No cash for McGhee's Well-fought campaigns

Mark McGhee will return to Motherwell on Saturday - and could be forgiven for wondering what might have been after admitting he had to leave to help safeguard his former club's financial future.

The Aberdeen manager left the Steelmen during the summer after two largely successful seasons in Lanarkshire.

Bankrolled by chairman John Boyle, the former Aberdeen attacker had built a team capable of being the best of the rest in the SPL. But he had to play a part in breaking up the side and selling his best players when financial problems mounted Fir Park.

A team built around the likes of midfielder Stephen Hughes and attackers Chris Porter, Ross McCormack and David Clarkson finished the 2008 season in third place.

But the quartet moved to clubs in the English Championship or League 1 and McGhee realised his departure would also ease the financial burden at Fir Park.

McGhee said: "What was the shame about Motherwell was the financial climate conspired against keeping a really good team there and not being able to improve it.


Daily Record

McGhee: Aberdeen on verge of new Don if rookies sign new deals

MARK McGhee insists Aberdeen will have a bright future - if four of his rising stars agree to sign new deals.

The Pittodrie club demanded payback from Peter Pawlett, Fraser Fyvie, Michael Paton and Chris Maguire for putting their careers on track by agreeing fresh contracts.

Winger Pawlett is set to commit to a four-year extension and the other three look likely to follow his example by showing their loyalty to the Dons for giving them their big break.

The 18-year-old's decision is a major boost for the club and McGhee said:"We are talking to these young players just to iron out small details but we are getting there.

"It's now a case of me persuading them their long term futures lie at Pittodrie.


Evening Express

Aberdeen FC to move to Loirston in 2013

Loirston Loch by 2013.

Managing director Duncan Fraser today confirmed efforts to build their "field of dreams" to the south of the city are gathering momentum.

The news finally spells the end for Pittodrie, where Aberdeen FC have been housed since 1899. Saving Aberdeen's ancestral home, which would involve knocking down the stadium and rebuilding it with a reduced capacity of 12,000, is no longer an option.

Diamond winning his Aberdeen FC fitness battle

ABERDEEN FC defender Zander Diamond is set for a playing comeback early next month as he steps up his return from injury.

Aberdeen FC manager Mark McGhee expects the 24-year-old to start full training with the first-team squad a week on Monday. Diamond's return will pile pressure on Jerel Ifil and Andrew Considine, who are currently first choice centre-backs.