Date: 10th May 2007 at 12:59pm
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Along with Lee Mair`s announcement that he`d walk over broken glass to play for the Dons, Jimmy has done well to convince the two other prospects he is interested in that Pittodrie should their new home but sadly for one of them, it does not look like being enough.

Jonathan Kurrant looks like he should sign up for next year on a one year deal despite interest from SPL newcomers Gretna and a bid from Iain Dowie`s Coventry City .

But Kurrant sees Pittodrie as his best bet with a view to enhancing his career with the SPL law stating three under 21`s must be in a match day squad and Calderwood already stating that he would expect 18 year old Kurrant to be challenging for a first team shirt immediately.

This seems to be tempting for Kurrant as he hopes to step up from playing reserve team football for Charlton Athletic and he said, ‘I will make my decision in the next few days and Aberdeen are at the top of my priority list. I enjoyed my trial with the club last week and it was good to work with the first-team squad.

‘I am in talks with Gretna and have to speak to my agent to see what stage we are at with them. But Aberdeen are a much bigger club and have a lot more history attached to them.

‘I have heard about Gretna’s situation, where they are a young club and will be ground-sharing with Motherwell, and that puts Aberdeen in the driving seat.

‘Coventry are also keen on me because I worked with their manager, Iain Dowie, when he was at Charlton. I got on well with him, but I want to move away from England to play matches at a higher level than the reserves – and I feel I could at Aberdeen.’

While he looks like he could sign on, the other player Jimmy admitted he would love to bring to the club, Ferrie Bodde, looks like he has been priced out of a move by his club.

His relegated team, Ado Den Haag, have asked for £70,000 which is too much for the Dons even for a player who has reportedly attracted interest from Dutch giants PSV Eindhoven and it seems now he will end up in England.

Den Haag would not lower the fee as Bodde`s agent, Frank Schouten had led Calderwood to believe and it now looks like he will sign for Swansea City.

Schouten spoke about the collapse of the deal, ‘The clubs have stopped negotiating because Aberdeen have said they cannot afford to pay any money for him.

‘Ferrie is disappointed nothing is going to happen with Aberdeen now, but that is life. The situation is for the two clubs to resolve, but as far as I am concerned, the deal is now off.

‘There are a lot of other clubs interested in Ferrie and I do not know where he will end up instead. But Swansea are very keen and he might end up going there later this week. We shall see.’



alderwood has already said that he has other targets but will be disappointed to lose the man he felt could plug the gap left by Markus Heikkenen.

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