Boss Eyes Four Players

Last updated : 20 July 2009 By Stand Free Ed

NEW Dons boss Mark McGhee is keen to bring in new faces before Friday's European transfer deadline — and has his sights set on four players.

France-born Benin international Reda Johnson is keen on a move to Aberdeen after impressing McGhee during the Dons' 1-0 friendly defeat to 1860 Munich on Saturday.

McGhee is also set to make his move for Jim Paterson and Steven MacLean, who has also attracted interest from Hearts, with Plymouth thought to be prepared to let the pair go on season-long loan.

And former Motherwell midfielder Steven Hughes remains on McGhee's radar following the collapse of his proposed move to Tynecastle last week.

McGhee will now try to bring at least some of these players to Pittodrie ahead of Friday’s European signing deadline, otherwise they wouldn't be eligible for the Europa League Third Qualifying Round games against SK Sigma Olomouc or Fram Reykjavik.

Amiens defender Johnston says that he is keen to join up with the Dons in the SPL to allow his physical style of play find a suitable home.

He said: "I like hard football. In France the football isn't hard. In England and Scotland it's a lot more physical, more of a battle, and I enjoy that.

"I knew a few things about Aberdeen before joining up with them this week. I had heard how they beat Real Madrid in Europe in Gothenburg.

"They’re an attractive team and players have to work hard to wear the jersey.

"I think moving to Aberdeen would be of benefit to my game. It’s a higher standard of football than I am playing right now."

Aberdeen's pre-season/Europa League fixtures
Wed 22nd July 7:30pm Peterhead Balmoor Stadium,
Sat 25th July 3:00pm Dundee Dens Park,
Thu 30th July 7:45pm SK Sigma Olomouc/
Fram Reykjavík
Pittodrie Stadium
Thu 6th August 7:45pm SK Sigma Olomouc/
Fram Reykjavík
Sun 9th August 3:00pm Hull City KC Stadium,

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