Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes remains confident St Johnstone winger Matty Kennedy will join the Dons – despite interest from Hearts.
An offer has been put to Kennedy and McInnes believes the former Scotland youth cap will be heading to Pittodrie at the end of his current deal.
The Dons have made one January addition so far, with Dylan McGeouch joining from Sunderland on a two-and-a-half-year contract. Atlanta United loanee Jon Gallagher has also extended his stay in the Granite City until the end of the current campaign.
McInnes, whose side finished their winter training camp in Dubai with a 1-0 defeat to Al Wehdat yesterday, remains hopeful he can strike a deal with Kennedy, despite the late intervention from Daniel Stendel and the Jambos.
He said: “We’ve made an offer to Matty and we’re confident we can get that signed and put that to the summer. Until he’s signed and the medical is done we don’t want to say too much, as respectfully he’s still a St Johnstone player.
“We feel confident that we can get him agreed for the summer.”
The Dons fly home today from Dubai, ahead of their Scottish Cup tie against Dumbarton at Pittodrie on Saturday. It brings to an end their six-day stay in the Gulf, which has been the home of their winter camp for the fourth season in a row.
McGeouch came through 45 minutes yesterday in his first game for two months, while Gallagher sat out after rolling his ankle in training at the end of last week.
McInnes added: “The boys have worked extremely hard in what has been a very strong week for us. We worked double sessions every day except on Sunday.
“It is about getting the balance about getting the strength back into their legs and getting them fired up again.
“For the vast majority of the game we were very much in charge although we lost a poor goal which I was disappointed with.
“Some of our play was more than decent which considering the players had been off for a bit and what they did this week it was a positive work out for us. It is all about making sure we are ready for the Dumbarton game on Saturday.”
The Aberdeen manager was pleased with the work McGeouch was able to put in, given he had been shy of match-fitness.
McInnes added: “We got Dylan started in an Aberdeen shirt and you can see how confident he is in possession. For us now we just need to rest up, travel tomorrow and prepare for Dumbarton.
“Dylan is a player who demands the ball, controls games and players trust him in possession.”