Hull City are ready to test Aberdeen’s resolve by making a third bid for defender Scott McKenna.
The Dons have rejected two bids from the Championship club for the Scotland under-21 international but Tigers manager Nigel Adkins is not ready to concede defeat in his pursuit of the 21-year-old centre half.
Adkins said: “Aberdeen obviously want to keep the player, he’s a very young and talented player and we’ve had a couple of bids that have gone in.
“Who knows what will happen through the course of the transfer window. We like the player a lot, we’ve put a little bid in there and we just have to wait and see.
“Two bids have gone in, conversations have gone on and there’s a good chance they will carry on. Aberdeen have made their stance known, as they should be doing.”
Adkins understands why Dons boss McInnes is keen to retain his player, who has become an established member of the starting 11 this season.
He said: “If it were our player, we’d be saying he’s not for sale, if they asked if Jarrod Bowen was for sale, we don’t want to sell him, he’s a player for the future. However, if business happens further down the line then who knows, but that’s beyond me at this time.”
Dons defender Andrew Considine, meanwhile, believes his club should be adding to their trophy collection this year.
The League Cup in 2014 is the sole trophy that has made its way to Pittodrie in the last 22 years and it is a statistic Considine hopes to correct this season.
Their bid for Scottish Cup success starts tomorrow at home to St Mirren in the fourth round, eight months after their agonising last-minute defeat by Celtic in the final of the same competition.
Considine said: “We won the League Cup four years ago but a club like Aberdeen should be competing in finals most years. Anything can happen in cup competitions and whoever turns up on the day can produce a shock.
“We should be there or thereabouts and should be adding to that trophy cabinet this year.”