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Aberdeen sign three players as Maguire leaves

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Derby County have signed out of contract Aberdeen striker Chris Maguire on a three-year deal after the clubs agreed on a compensation package.

The Scotland international turned down a new contract with the Pittodrie side, but Aberdeen are entitled to compensation because of his age. The fee is reportedly £400,000.

On the official Derby County website, manager Nigel Clough said: “He is an exciting talent with great potential to improve further. He is a creative player and someone who can bring a spark to the team.”

Dons chief executive Duncan Fraser told the Aberdeen website: “We are very pleased to have reached a satisfactory outcome which fully recognises the investment that this Club makes in developing young players. On behalf of AFC, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Chris for his contribution here over the years and to wish him all the very best for the future.”

Meanwhile Aberdeen have brought in three players to bolster their chances of a top six finish next season. Craig Brown’s side have completed the loan signing of Colombian international goalkeeper David Gonzalez Girlado from Manchester City on a six month contract.

The Pittodrie side have also completed the signing of Isaac Osbourne who signed from Coventry City. Craig Brown commented on the midfielder’s signing: “Isaac is a big, powerful player whose style will be well suited to the game in Scotland. Although he missed most of last season through injury, he has come through Archie’s rigorous pre-season without any problems whatsoever and he’ll be a valuable member of the squad in the forthcoming campaign.”

And Craig Brown completed a hat trick of signings with the signing of former Dons midfielder Chris Clark. Clark who made235 appearances, scoring 11 goals in his first spell at the club, returns to Pittodrie after he was released by financially stricken Plymouth Argyle.

Clark said on his return to the Granite City: “It’s great to be honest. It’s been a difficult time at Plymouth recently with their off the field problems but I feel I’m a better player for the experience. I know other clubs were interested but the family love it in the north-east and it’s fantastic to see so many familiar faces.”

Manager Craig Brown said: “I remember him from his original time at Aberdeen and I remember that is he is a very good player. His availability was too good an opportunity for us to refuse so we are delighted he has committed himself to Aberdeen. His versatility is the main attribute he has. He is able to play in a number of different positions. He is a very fit guy and a very good professional. He will be a great addition to the squad.”

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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