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Aberdeen sign Nick Blackman and Robert Milsom

Nick Blackman in action for Motherwell

Archive: Nick Blackman scores hat-trick during loan spell with Motherwell

Aberdeen have signed Blackburn striker Nick Blackman on loan for the remainder of the season.

The forward spent the first half of the season with Motherwell, scoring 10 goals, and has just agreed a new two-and-a-half year contract at Ewood Park.

The Dons have also signed Robert Milsom until the end of the season, following the midfielder's release from Fulham.

The 24-year-old spent 12 years with the Craven Cottage outfit but made just two first team appearances as a substitute.

Having started his career as a full-back, he can also play on the left of midfield or in a central role.

Milson was on loan at Finnish side TPS last season and has also had spells at Brentford and Southend.

Speaking to the club website, manager Craig Brown said: "We are delighted to have signed Rob. He excelled on loan in Finland last season.

"Again, our good relationship with Fulham through the manager Mark Hughes and his relationship with Archie Knox from their time at Manchester United and my friendship with reserve coach Billy McKinlay, has enabled us to make this additional good signing."


Brown later joked that McKinlay, a former Dundee United player, "had lost so many times to Aberdeen that he had recommended the club".

Blackman is well known to Brown and his assistant Knox, having played under them at Motherwell before the veteran pair moved to Pittodrie last month.

The news will disappoint new Motherwell boss Stuart McCall, who had thought his club would have first option on the 21-year-old should he be allowed to go on loan in Scotland again.

Blackman is currently suffering from flu but Brown hopes the player will recover in time to be involved in Saturday's home game with St Mirren.

The former Scotland boss also revealed that the loan deal for Udinese defender Nikola Vujadinovic will be extended to cover the rest of the season.

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Motherwell turn down Reynolds bid
07 Jan 11 |  Motherwell
Blackman could stay at Motherwell
29 Dec 10 |  Motherwell

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