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Last Updated: Tuesday, 8 May 2007, 14:05 GMT 15:05 UK
Dons offer to Charlton defender
Jimmy Calderwood
Calderwood wants to improve his Dons squad
Aberdeen have offered 18-year-old Charlton Athletic defender Jonathan Kurrant a one-year-deal.

The Essex-born player impressed manager Jimmy Calderwood during a two-day trial at Pittodrie and is now considering joining up with the SPL side.

Calderwood told the Evening Express: "Jonathan has been told he could find himself involved at first team level very quickly if he does well."

The Dons are also on the trail of ADO Den Haag midfielder Ferrie Bodde.

Kurrant was part of the Charlton under-18 team that won the Nerja Cup in Spain against Barcelona and Malaga.

There will be opportunities for Jonathan if he comes

Aberdeen manager Jimmy Calderwood

The youngster - who can play at right-back or in midfield - has seen a series of injuries disrupt his progress in the Addicks' youth side.

"SPL rules state you must have three under-21 players in the squad for games," Calderwood added.

"As things stand, we will only have Chris Maguire, Andrew Considine and Dan Smith who qualify next season.

"There will be opportunities for Jonathan if he comes and the likes of Michael Paton, who has been impressing with the reserves."

Aberdeen have already started strengthening their squad for next season with the pre-contract signing of Lee Mair from Dundee United.

The 25-year-old Bodde has been with Den Haag - relegated from the Dutch Eredivisie - since 2001 and is a former team-mate of Dons' midfielder Jamie Smith.

Calderwood says the signing of the Dutchman would finally end his long search for a replacement for Finnish international Markus Heikkenen, who left for Luton two years ago.

"We need someone who can do the job Markus did," Calderwood added.

"Ferrie is very similar in style. He is a tough tackler, strong runner and has a great range of passes.

"Like Markus, Ferrie also hates to lose. He is extremely competitive and I wouldn't like to run into him on a dark night if he had lost a game that day."

Calderwood had hoped that a deal would have already been struck, but the player's agent is still trying to negotiate his exit from The Hague club.

The Dutch club are looking to recoup 70,000 for the player, but Aberdeen boss Calderwood says that, if a transfer fee is involved, a deal is unlikely to be done.

"I've spoken to Ferrie and he is very keen to come to Scotland, but we won't be messed about," Calderwood went on.

"The agent has been told we won't pay a fee and it's up to him to sort it out. We have alternative targets."

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