Aberdeen have completed the signing of midfielder Funso Ojo from Scunthorpe United.
The Dons have paid £125,000 to the English League Two club for the 27 year-old Belgian who has signed a three-year deal.
Hibernian had been tracking the player and believed they had won the race for his services before Aberdeen matched their offer and convinced the player to move to Pittodrie.
Ojo travelled to Easter Road for talks on Thursday but left the club without putting pen to paper and Dons boss Derek McInnes has succeeded in luring the player to the club, much to the frustration of his Hibernian counterpart Paul Heckingbottom.
Dons boss McInnes said: “I couldn’t be more pleased to get Funso. He is a player who will fulfil a key position within my squad.
“He is a very talented player and I am delighted he has decided to come and work with us at Aberdeen. He is as excited as we are about working together and it is satisfying that he sees Aberdeen as the best platform for his future career.”
Speaking after Hibs’ penalty shoot-out win over Stirling Albion in the Betfred Cup on Saturday Heckingbottom said: “We’re not going to do (this transfer). It’s not for us. We don’t want to do it.
“You have to sign players who believe in the same thing as us and want to come for the right reasons. We want the dressing room to be unbelievable; we want to make sure we get players who share our values.
“That has been enhanced with the new ownership. I thought the deal was done in May but there was a clause in his contract.
“Next we knew, Scunthorpe accepted an offer from Aberdeen that we matched. Then things began to change which created red lights.
“Good luck to him. Circumstances changed and you then see different things in people.”