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Aberdeen play down chances of signing Callum Davidson

Preston defender Callum Davidson
Davidson was signed by Brown when he was Preston manager

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown has warned that there is only an outside chance that he could sign Preston North End left-back Callum Davidson.

Brown said that he had been made aware of the 34-year-old's possible availability out of the blue.

"So now, of course, he has been flagged up to us, we thought, well, is he a possibility?" he said.

"I would think it was a remote possibility and wouldn't like to think that the media decide our signings."

Davidson, who previously played for St Johnstone, Blackburn Rovers and Leicester City before joining Preston in 2004, is a player well know to the recently-appointed Aberdeen manager.

"I signed him and played him for Scotland," said Brown. "He was outstanding when we beat England at Wembley, but that was 10 years ago when he played against David Beckham.

"I followed his career and I signed him for Preston and he has done well and he was captain in the last few seasons.

David McNamee would be a good acquisition for this club until the end of the season

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown

"He is not playing at the moment in the team. He had an injury, he is due to come back."

One full-back Brown is definitely planning to sign is David McNamee, who has been without a club since being released by Plymouth Argyle in the summer.

The 30-year-old, previously with St Mirren, Blackburn, Livingston and Coventry City, had been training with the club Brown has just left - Motherwell.

But his arrival at Pittodrie has been delayed by travel problems caused by the wintry weather and it appears unlikely that he would be thrown into the starting line-up for Sunday's meeting with Hibernian in Edinburgh.

"I think the best we can say right now is part of the squad," said Brown. "I think it is a bit foolhardy to think that he can come from no activity right into the team.

"I know he has been training in the gym and indoors and it is never the same as training with the other team-mates.

"Even if he had come when he had been training for three weeks regularly, there is no certainty that he would go straight into the team.

"We would have to have a look at him, but he would be a good acquisition for this club until the end of the season."


Brown is convinced that McNamee is keen on a move to the club - and confident of the defender's qualities.

"He is a top-quality player," said the manager. "You get a fit David McNamee, you've a guy who will go up that side of the pitch and put balls across the goal. He defends well, he is an accomplished player.

"We saw that when he was picked for the national team and I think has four international caps in a position where there is lot of competition from guys like Alan Hutton.

"It will be good to have him on board. He is the kind of player we like. He has good physique, he is athletic and he is a determined guy and let's hope that he lives up to our expectations."

Aberdeen chairman Stewart Milne this week said he had promised funds to Brown and that players would leave during the January transfer window, but the manager's words were more cautious.

"The players are not readily available in this transfer window," he said. "If you've got a transfer budget and you have money, you can go and pick players that you want, but that's not our situation here.

"We are looking at available players and players that we can get until the end of their contracts or where the club might be prepared to swap or do a bit of exchange.

"We have to make some movement in the transfer market, but we have said to the players that it does not necessarily mean that any of you guys are out the door - we want to give you all a chance."

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see also
Tannadice pitch fails inspection
26 Dec 10 |  Scotland
More disruption to Scots football
22 Dec 10 |  Scotland
Milne's funds pledge to Dons boss
21 Dec 10 |  Aberdeen
McNamee set to join Brown's Dons
18 Dec 10 |  Aberdeen
Preston sign Davidson
10 Jul 04 |  Preston

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