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McInnes in race to land new goalkeeper for Dons

Derek McInnes is chasing a second-place finish.
Derek McInnes is chasing a second-place finish.

Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes is confident he will have a new goalkeeper in place to challenge Danny Rogers before the transfer window closes tomorrow.

The Dons boss is in the market for a new goalkeeper following Joe Lewis’ knee injury in the 2-0 defeat by Rangers at Ibrox last week.

Lewis is expected to be out for eight weeks as he recovers from a cartilage operation and the Dons have been linked with a loan move for Newcastle United’s Freddie Woodman.

England under-20 international Woodman spent last season on loan at Kilmarnock and could be offered a return to Scottish football with the Dons.

McInnes is keen to get cover for the injured Lewis in to challenge Rogers, who made his first start for the club in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Kilmarnock.

The Dons boss said: “Danny will remember his full debut fondly and not just because we won. I’m delighted for him, he was very tidy with his work in difficult conditions and made some great saves.

“We are pleased with Danny. It could have been a big impact losing such a key player in Joe but Danny did really well on his full debut and made a great save at 3-1. You never know how important that could be in the dying embers of a game but he acquitted himself very well against Kilmarnock in conditions which were very difficult for the goalkeepers.

“He did well but we are looking to bring a goalkeeper in. We’re looking at options even though it wasn’t something we anticipated having to do and we’re actually quite fortunate the injury to Joe has come during a transfer window.

“That has given us a little bit more in the way of options and agents and clubs are putting players names towards us but we’re focused on one or two and hopefully something will be done before the window closes on Wednesday.”

McInnes was also pleased to see midfielder Chidi Nwakali make a strong impression in his five minute cameo on his debut for the Dons on Saturday.

Nwakali’s energetic style was evident despite his brief appearance and McInnes, who takes his side to Dingwall tomorrow to face Ross County, expects the on-loan Manchester City player to play a big part in the second half of the season.

He said: “Chidi is a boy who is full of enthusiasm, bright as a button, and has come here motivated to get into the Nigerian World Cup squad.

“He can play a few positions and you can see he is keen to impress. We are really going to enjoy him.”

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