DEREK McINNES has made the first move to bring former Celtic and Hibs midfielder Dylan McGeouch to Aberdeen.
The Dons boss has been given permission by Sunderland to discuss the possibility of a permanent move to Pittodrie for the 26-year-old playmaker, according to a report in the Press and Journal.
McGeouch is poised to return to Scottish football after 18 months with the English League One outfit.
Coincidentally, the player was taken to the Wearside outfit by Jack Ross who is now in charge at Easter Road club following his sacking by the Black Cats in October last year.
And Paul Heckingbottom’s successor at the Leith side could also attempt to tempt McGeouch back for a second spell at the Edinburgh team.
However, McInnes has moved fast after tracking the smooth operator for some considerable time and has come close on a couple of occasions of landing him for the Dons.
The manager is determined to strengthen his midfield after summer signing Craig Bryson was ruled out until March following ankle surgery and he wants to have McGeouch on board before the team departs for their winter training camp in Dubai tomorrow.