Aberdeen transfer news bulletin as Bojan Miovski stance reaffirmed and new Dons signing 'can't shut up'

Dons striker Bojan Miovski is on red-hot form, with 10 goals in as many games
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Aberdeen chairman Dave Cormack has reiterated that the club are yet to receive any offer for star striker Bojan Miovski and says that they will only considers bids that benefit all parties.

The North Macedonia international was a shining light in an otherwise difficult season for the Reds last year, scoring 26 goals in 53 matches in all competitions. The 24-year-old is the subject of interest from several clubs around the continent, including Serie A side Bologna who can offer the forward Champions League football next season.

Earlier this week, Miovski joined up with new Aberdeen boss Jimmy Thelin and the rest of the squad in their pre-season training camp in Portugal. Swedish manager Thelin already has Miovski, Cape Verde star Duk and Slovenian striker Ester Sokler at his disposal, but has bolstered his attacking options with the signing of Nigerian forward Peter Ambrose from Hungarian outfit Ujpest.

Cormack says that Pittodrie chiefs are under no pressure to sell Miovski but adds that they are expecting "big things" from the Dons other forward players in the event that he was to depart. Speaking to The Press and Journal, he said: We haven’t had any bids in for Bojan.

“He’s a great lad, he loves it in Aberdeen. All things being equal, if the right offer comes in that’s right for Aberdeen, and right for the player, that’s our model.

“Jimmy has high expectations with Ester and obviously with Peter as well – but we’re not forced to sell or have to sell Bojan this summer. It would have to be absolutely the right price.”

The US-based businessman says he works in liaison with Aberdeen chief executive Alan Burrows and director of football Steven Gunn on potential new signings but insists that the man in the dugout will always have the final say when it comes to transfers. He added: "I don’t know where all this stuff started out from – I’ve never signed a player for Aberdeen Football Club.

"I’ve been asked to pay for a lot of players! Every manager I’ve worked with as a director, vice-chairman and chairman, from Derek McInnes all the way through, the manager has made the final decision on every player – bar none.

“I typically talk to the manager twice a week, normally before a game – maybe a Friday – for a ‘how’s the week gone?’, just to encourage them and wish them all the best for the game at the weekend, then maybe a day or two days after the game for just a catch-up and chat – again, really only to encourage.

“The manager, at the end of the day, even though we’ve got this model in place, will have the final say on players coming in. t’s incumbent on Steven Gunn, the recruitment team, to come up with three, four, five or six players who fit the profile, and start going through those with the coach, and then letting the coach make the final decision.”

As well as Ambrose, the other two new faces through the door at Cormack Park so far this summer are Irish defender Gavin Molloy from Shelbourne and goalkeeper Dimitar Mitov from Premiership rivals St Johnstone. Ambrose has been unable to make the trip to the Algarve camp due to visa issues but Dons midfielder Leighton Clarkson says all three players have made a good first impression at their new club.

"Gavin is a lot more chilled and relaxed", he told RedTV. "I think he's the most relaxed Irishman I have met in my life but he's a really good guy.

Dave Cormack
Dave Cormack

"Then you' ve got Dimi who can't shut up really! He wakes up buzzing about the place and he is the first one you can hear going onto the training pitch.

They are two different personalities but are two good ones to join the lads. We'll speak to Peter a bit more when we get back to Aberdeen but he seems like a really funny guy as well."