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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Thursday, 15 March, 2001, 15:59 GMT
Xausa turns down Dons
Davide Xausa is leaving Inverness Caley Thistle
Davide Xausa is leaving Inverness Caley Thistle
Livingston could be about to beat Aberdeen for the second time this month.

The First Division leaders knocked the Dons out of the Scottish Cup at Pittodrie.

Now Davide Xausa has turned down the chance of a trial with the Scottish Premier League club and could be destined to sign for the West Lothian club.

It could signal a double signing for Livingston, who have given a trial to former Italian Under-21 goalkeeper Giuseppe Gattaa.

Inverness Caledonian Thistle are resigned to losing Xausa as they cannot match the wage demands of the Canadian international striker whose contract ends this season.

Attracting interest

Livingston are reported to have tabled an offer of between 10,000 and 20,000 for the 24-year-old.

St Mirren turned down the chance to sign Xausa saying they wanted a more prolific striker.


If they want to come and watch me, they know I am just up the road
  Davide Xausa
Aberdeen manager Ebbe Skovdahl joined the chase but wanted to have a look at him at close quarters first.

Xausa said: "Aberdeen wanted me to go on trial for a few days, but feel I shouldn't have to do that.

"If they want to come and watch me, they know I am just up the road."

The player is also said to be attracting interest from a number of SPL sides and Livingston.

Skovdahl refused to rush into a deal.

Serie B side

He said: "We already know how good a player he is, but I wanted to see how he fitted in with the rest of the squad and fared in training.

"Until I speak to the player again, there is nothing I can tell the Aberdeen fans."

Gattaa has arrived at Livingston for a week's trial with the club destined to join Aberdeen in next season's Premier League.

The 32-year-old is available on a free transfer from Serie B side Monza.

His arrival comes after Livingston's first-choice goalkeeper, Neil Alexander, was ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken hand.

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