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‘WE WON’T SWEAT ON FERGIE FEE,’ McINNES

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ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes is satisfied to let a tribunal sort out Lewis Ferguson’s transfer fee.

The Pittodrie gaffer is confident they will agree with a valuation that is closer to that of the Dons than the fee demanded by Hamilton Accies.

McInnes is believed to have offered around £100,000 for the teenage midfielder they signed under freedom of contract last month.

But Accies say that comes nowhere near what they want for a player who made 14 top-team appearances last season.

Instead, they want up to NINE times that amount and McInnes is ready to take his chances with the tribunal rather than continue talks.

He said: “We’ll go to the tribunal, but I’m confident and comfortable we’ve done our due diligence and the tribunal outcome will reflect that.

“But Hamilton have got such a high regard for Lewis, so I’m not surprised it’s going to a tribunal. “I’m pleased we have a young player like that as we cannot always sign the ready-made players at Aberdeen.

“What we can do is sign players who have potential and Lewis is a lad who will have to work hard to get into our team on a regular basis.

“He’s done that already at Hamilton and his challenge is to do the same for us. Without putting too much pressure on him, I’m sure he will do that at Aberdeen.”

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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