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Dons will listen to Wright offers

Tommy Wright displays his disappointment with Aberdeen
Wright has only scored two goals since joining Aberdeen in 2008

By Liam McLeod

Aberdeen striker Tommy Wright looks to be on his way out of the club.

The 25-year old has not started a match since Mark McGhee arrived as manager and has made just two substitute appearances this season.

McGhee's predecessor, Jimmy Calderwood, brought Wright to Pittodrie from Darlington for nearly £100,000 in 2008.

The Dons are now willing to listen to offers for Wright, who has had large spells out injured and who has another year-and-a-half of his contract left.

Wright, previously of Leicester and Barnsley, has scored just one league goal for Aberdeen, with his other strike coming in last season's Scottish Cup against East Fife.

We are trying very hard to add one or two before the window shuts

Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee

It is likely that players will have to leave Pittodrie either permanently or on loan before McGhee can add to his squad, with his move for Plymouth Argyle striker Steven MacLean is no closer to being agreed.

The player and his agent are adamant that it will be a permanent contract with whoever he opts to join, though Aberdeen are still very much in the frame for the former Rangers player.

Midfielder Stuart Duff is back from his four-week loan spell at Inverness Caledonian Thistle but may be farmed out again, with strikers Michael Paton and Chris Maguire also in frame for temporary moves.

Duff is out of contract at the end of the season but is determined to fight for his place in McGhee's side.

The club are still waiting for current players to sign new deals but are optimistic captain Mark Kerr will commit.

They are no further forward with regards defender Charlie Mulgrew, who was recently made an increased offer to remain at Pittodrie while being linked with First Division promotion favourites Dundee.

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Meanwhile, McGhee admits his interest in the Falkirk captain Darren Barr has intensified following the early cancellation of Maurice Ross's contract.

Ross, who arrived at Pittodrie in October, was in Edinburgh on Monday sorting out his visa as the defender prepares to move to Chinese champions Beijing Guoan after rejecting Aberdeen's offer of a contract extension.

McGhee has also been linked with Swansea striker Stephen Dobbie and Motherwell midfielder Jim O'Brien.

"We are trying very hard to add one or two before the window shuts," the manager added. "If we could do all of that on the back of what we are seeing starting to emerge then I think we can be optimistic.

"I haven't had any calls. Neither have I had any calls to say they are not coming, so no news is good news."



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see also
May slams Hibs and Dons over Barr
08 Jan 10 |  Falkirk
Ross set for exit from Aberdeen
12 Jan 10 |  Aberdeen
Aberdeen keen on Swansea's Dobbie
08 Jan 10 |  Aberdeen
Foster signs a new Aberdeen deal
08 Jan 10 |  Aberdeen


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