Date: 20th June 2007 at 10:41am
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The money men at Pittodrie will probably have the final say in whether Russell Anderson is sold to Middlesbrough for a speculated £1m.

With Aberdeen still in debt to the tune of £9m, relatively not too bad, a huge slice of that would be wiped out with a deal to ‘Boro but can Aberdeen afford to lose their prize asset and replace him with a similar quality player?

Russell himself seems in no hurry to move down south as he looks forward to a European campaign with the Dons but with the mega money to be made there, he has to be at least tempted.

One thing that may dissuade him from joining Gareth Southgate`s boys is the fact that he`ll not be signing as a first pick defender. Southgate has already paid Real Madrid £7m for Jonathan Woodgate`s contract and they have established international centre-half`s Emanuel Pogatetz and Robert Huth in place for next season too which means Russ would, initially at least, be a very capable substitute.

Stewart Milne told the Press and Journal that a serious bid would be hard to knock back in both terms of money for the club and the opportunity to earn and play in one of the worlds top leagues for Anderson himself.

The Dons director said ‘Russell has reached the stage in his career where what we can afford to pay him and what he might get in England are miles apart. I would love to see him spend the rest of his career at Pittodrie because he epitomises what Aberdeen are all about. But when you see the wages available down south, who could blame him for looking? I hope it doesn’t come to that but if he does leave, it would be with our blessing and gratitude for all he’s done.’

Jimmy Calderwood is resigned to having to entertain any serious bid for his best players but he`s not lost Anderson yet by a long shot and isn`t convinced that he will be even if an offer does land in front of him.

The gaffer said to the P&J, ‘If, and I hope nothing comes of it, a bid does come in for a player who has a year left on his contract then any club, including Rangers and Celtic, has to look at it seriously. I am not saying we are going to accept it, though.

‘Most of the football business at the club is decided between Willie and myself but there are occasions when you have to talk to the major figures at the club.

‘If figures of a million pounds or more are being mentioned I am sure the chairman will like to know about it and he will probably have a big say about it.’

million off the debt would be nice and could free up wages for more players but also in the bigger picture is the fact that we`d be losing our best and most influential player and who could afford to replace a player like that for free?

And why is a million enough anyway for a player of his standard?

With the money floating about in England, Calderwood should be booting offers like that out the stadium and asking for plenty more. Different if it was a Scottish club wanting him but the Premiership is flooded with mediocre defenders who cost many millions more than what they are hoping to fob Aberdeen off with.

Some major times ahead before the transfer window shuts so give us your thoughts on the Dons dilemma on the Vital Aberdeen Forum.