Date: 8th May 2007 at 6:03pm
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Jimmy has confirmed the earlier reports on Aberdeen`s interests in Dutchman Ferrie Bodde and Englishman Jonathan Kurrant as he tries to fill the gaps left by the departing Gary Dempsey, Jamie Winter and David Donald.

The most likely it seems to sign is Charlton`s Kurrant, a promising 18 year old who has just been released and so would be free to sign but who impressed both Sandy Clark and Jimmy Nicholl at a training match and they alerted the Dons boss who seems equally keen to bring him on board.

The fact Jonathan is only 18 is another draw for Calderwood who needs to fill the mandatory squad places left by Winter and Donald who have become too old to fill that role.

Jimmy Calderwood sees the man who has Premiership experience as perfect for his side and said, ‘SPL rules state you must have three under-21 players in the squad for games,’.

‘As things stand, we will only have Chris Maguire, Andrew Considine and Dan Smith who qualify next season.

‘There will be opportunities for Jonathan if he comes and the likes of Michael Paton, who has been impressing with the reserves.’

‘Jonathan is one for the future. Jimmy Nicholl and Sandy Clark saw him in a trial match at Lilleshall and were raving about him. He came up for a trial last week and did really well and we have offered him a deal. He is one we are looking at signing for the under-19s but if he does well he will get his chance.’

Calderwood is also close to finally securing a replacement for Markus Heikkenen who left for Luton Town two seasons ago despite Jimmy`s plea for him to stay.

Calderwood has been tracking a little known Dutch player called Ferrie Bodde of newly relegated Ado Den Haag but likes what he saw in his recent scouting mission to Holland although signing him does not appear to be as simple as he perhaps first thought.

Jimmy said of the midfielder,’We need someone who can do the job Markus did,’.

‘Ferrie is very similar in style. He is a tough tackler, strong runner and has a great range of passes.

‘Like Markus, Ferrie also hates to lose. He is extremely competitive and I wouldn’t like to run into him on a dark night if he had lost a game that day.’

I’ve spoken to Ferrie and he is very keen to come to Scotland, but we won’t be messed about,’ Calderwood went on.

‘The agent has been told we won’t pay a fee and it’s up to him to sort it out. We have alternative targets.’

Den Haag are asking for £70,000 but his agent is still trying to talk his club into waiving the fee and only then would Calderwood bring him to Pittodrie.

Further news on the transfer fron that may have more serious reporcussions for Dundee fans than Aberdeen supporters is the news that Dyron Daal is expected to move to the USA to try and secure a deal there after Aberdeen announced that they do not wish to try and negotiate a further deal.

Dyron never played often for the Dons but scored two in seven before moving to Dens Park on loan and notching five in seven this season.

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