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Friday, 15 February, 2002, 13:01 GMT
Mike moves to Aberdeen
Leon Mike in action for Manchester City
Leon Mike has played twice this season for Man City
Aberdeen have signing former England youth international forward Leon Mike from Manchester City.

The 20-year-old joined City as a 13-year-old and has represented England at Under-15 and Under-16 schoolboy level as well as winning Under-18 caps in the company of Joe Cole and Francis Jeffers.

Mike moved for 50,000 and has signed a three-year deal at Pittodrie.

He had made two first-team appearances for the English First Division leaders this season.

He's quick and strong and will fit in well with our other young stars here at Pittodrie
Ebbe Skovdahl
But his opportunities were limited by big-money signings Darren Huckerby, Paulo Wanchope and Shaun Goater.

Dons boss Ebbe Skovdahl spotted the striker while checking out an opposition player in a City reserve game.

Skovdahl told Aberdeen's official website: "Drew Jarvie, Gardner Speirs and I have watched Leon on three separate occasions and feel, although he may be a bit raw just now, there's real potential which we're sure we can use to Aberdeen's benefit.

"He's quick and strong and will fit in well with our other young stars here at Pittodrie.

"He goes straight into the squad for tomorrow's game against Dundee United."

Mike said: "I can't wait to run out in front of the Red Army and show just why Ebbe is showing so much faith in me.

"It's a big step for me coming into the SPL, but I'm determined to grab the opportunity with both hands.

I hope that I will be able to secure a new, extended contract soon
Phil McGuire
"I know Aberdeen have many fine young players and I'm looking forward to playing with them."

Chief executive Keith Wyness added: "I'm thrilled to have Leon on board and am delighted to say negotiations were concluded in a very positive, harmonious atmosphere, with no agent involved."

Meanwhile, 21-year-old defender Phil McGuire has given Aberdeen a boost by saying he wants to sign a new deal, despite being linked with a move to Liverpool.

"I hope that I will be able to secure a new, extended contract soon, but I fully understand that the club has to deal with other players first," he said.

"It's flattering to hear that a big club is meant to be looking at me, but what would be the point in moving to a so-called bigger club and not getting a game?"

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