Greg Stewart a reported target for Aberdeen as Derek McInnes looks to strengthen Dons’ squad

Greg Stewart returned to Aberdeen after a loan spell at Kilmarnock.
Greg Stewart returned to Aberdeen after a loan spell at Kilmarnock.

Greg Stewart could be a target for Aberdeen as manager Derek McInnes looks to add to his striking options in the January transfer window.

Stewart has been recalled from a loan spell at Kilmarnock by parent club Birmingham, who are looking to sell the 28-year-old after his impressive early-season form.

Reports yesterday indicated he was on the Dons radar and when asked after the friendly with Dibba Al-Hisn in Dubai yesterday, McInnes was coy on any potential interest.

He said: “We’re looking at various options but we’re looking for a bit more firepower and a left-back. We’ll see how things play out. We’re hopeful of getting a few things done and who that is, remains to be seen.”

Blues manager Garry Monk said the decision to recall Stewart, who hit eight goals in 16 games for Killie, was made by the club and he is not part of his plans at St Andrews.

McInnes is planning on winger Gary Mackay-Steven remaining with the Dons for the remainder of the season, after New York City approached the club during the week for permission to speak to the Scotland international.

He added: “I’ve not heard anything and I haven’t spoken to Gary about it. I’m going with him for the rest of the season, as expected, unless an offer comes in or he indicates anything different. He looked sharp when he came on – it’s been a good five or six weeks since he’s played, so it was good to get him back out there.”

Aberdeen rounded off their training camp in the UAE with a 2-0 win over part-time Dibba, with Sam Cosgrove getting both goals. Shay Logan, Stevie May and Tommie Hoban sat out the game but should return against Stenhousemuir in the Scottish Cup on Saturday.

McInnes said: “Shay could have played but we decided, with the workload we put into him, that he can put his work in during the week.”