DEREK McINNES is poised to step up his efforts to lure Dylan McGeouch to Aberdeen in the January transfer window.
The Dons boss is attempting to strengthen his squad after Greg Leigh and Craig Bryson were ruled out for at least two months.
McInnes reckons he needs at least two new players and a midfielder is seen as a priority and he is likely to renew his long-term interest in former Celtic and Hibs playmaker McGeouch who is out of contract at Sunderland at the end of the season.
The player has fallen down the pecking order since Jack Ross was fired as manager of the Wearside club in October.
McGeouch has also been linked with his ex-boss who, ironically, is now in charge at Easter Road.
Leigh will be out for eight weeks with a stress fracture of his shin while Bryson faces ankle surgery.
The Pittodrie gaffer surveyed the situation and, speaking to the Daily Record, admitted: “The news with the two boys isn’t great and it puts the squad under a bit of strain.
“I think we’ve always been looking to try to get a couple of signings in anyway and, hopefully, we can still do that.
“It’s something I’ve already spoken to the chairman about. Normally in January, your numbers are in place at the start of the season and your budget’s there.
“In January, you’re normally looking to try to add to your starting eleven and improve that and your squad. Sometimes you have to react to injuries and it’s all about getting the numbers in really to reinforce the squad.
“For me, it’s a bit of both.”
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