Date: 17th March 2007 at 10:40am
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It`s been an usually busy week for the Dons on the transfer and contract front. With nothing to report from the whole of the transfer window in January, Jimmy has set the wheels in motion for next season with some vital signings.

He has been on the lookout for some cover in vital positions and has finally found the man he thinks can be Aberdeen`s utility player in Lee Mair.

Lee has been to Pittodrie for a medical and will proceed to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Dons if everything is deemed acceptable.

Jimmy said of the reason he wants to bring the Dundee United man to the club, ‘We are trying to build a squad that is as strong as possible because we have seen all season how badly we can be hit by injuries.

‘We are not looking at Lee because we’re losing Russell Anderson or because we thought Karim was not going to stay.

‘The truth of the matter is we don’t have cover for Michael Hart at right back, or a physical presence in midfield if Scott Severin is injured, although Karim can play there.

‘Lee Mair can sit in midfield or at right back and will give us options if he comes through the medical.

‘He can also play in central defence, but we’re quite well covered there already.

‘Lee is within our budget, is a local boy and is very versatile.’

Other Dons players involved in contract talks have been Dutchman Karim Touzani and Gary Dempsey. Karim has been injured for most of the season and will again miss out away to Rangers but Calderwood sees something in him and hopes he can get him on the field for longer than the 9 appearances, most from the bench, that he has made this season.

Jimmy said, ‘Karim has told me everything is fine with the contract on the table, so we will get the paperwork finalised now.

‘It has taken a bit of time to tie up, but that was at our end rather than anything to do with the player.’

Gary Dempsey is also expected to re-sign despite his proposed move to Yeovil moving into the final stages. Gary`s goal against Falkirk two weeks ago perhaps proving to his manager that he was worth another deal.

On the way out of Pittodrie will be Dutch striker Dyron Daal. one start and six substitute appearances for the Dons saw the striker score two goals but he`s been often injured and Calderwood views the loan deal to Dundee until the end of the season as an ideal way for Daal to get some first team football. Daal has not given up on winning a full-time contract with Aberdeen but is looking forward to his Blues adventure.

Dyron said of his temporary move, ‘It’s good to feel wanted and I hope to score some goals for Dundee between now and the end of the season. I want to enjoy myself and I hope to be an extra factor for Dundee’