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Friday, 1 June, 2001, 17:56 GMT 18:56 UK
Dons close in on Foran
David Rowson's Aberdeen future remains uncertain
David Rowson's Aberdeen future remains uncertain
Aberdeen hope to make their first close-season signing next week with the capture of Republic of Ireland Under-21 international Richie Foran.

Negotiations are continuing between Scottish Premier League outfit and Foran's present club, Shelbourne.

But, while Aberdeen also have not given up on re-signing David Rowson, it appears that they have dropped their interest in former Chelsea midfielder Mark Nicholls.

Striker Foran is likely to cost Aberdeen a minimum of 25,000, rising to a possible 75,000 depending on appearances.

Nothing is likely to be finalised until after he returns from international duty on Thursday, but it appears that the Dons are confident of getting their man.

Staking a claim

Foran impressed on trial last month when he arrived at Pittodrie along with Nicholls.

Nicholls had insisted that he would be willing to accept substantially less than the kind of wages he was used to in the English Premiership.

But indications from Aberdeen are that he is still a luxury they cannot afford.

The emergence of 18-year-old Ross O'Donoghue as a player capable of staking a claim for a first-team place appears to have ended Nicholls' chances of winning a move north.

O'Donoghue, fellow midfielder Fergus Tiernan and winger Darren Mackie all recently signed new two-year deals.

Made inquiries

Aberdeen have left the door open to Rowson to accept the offer he originally turned down.

The 24-year-old midfielder has attracted interest from the English First Division and, while reports that Livingston are interested are untrue, SPL club Motherwell have made inquiries.

Motherwell this week signed wing-back Andy Dow after he was released early from his Pittodrie contract.

With former Scotland striker Eoin Jess also leaving at the end of his contract, Aberdeen are confident that this will leave space on their wage bill for up to four new signings during the summer.

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