Date: 27th June 2007 at 10:22am
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Sad, sad news for Dons fans as it would seem that Sunderland`s £1 million bid for Russell Anderson will be enough to take him to the Stadium of Light.

Anderson flew back from a holiday in America and straight into contract talks with his agent Blair Morgan to straighten out a deal that will see him join the Premiership new boys.

But Jimmy Calderwood`s version of events is a bit less frightening. He is still insisting that no bid has been made for his captain and the fact that he wont be at the first day of pre-season training is down to his decision to award him more time off because of the time he spent with the Scotland squad after the season ended.

Jimmy told the P&J ‘If a big offer for any player landed on our desk then it would naturally be a matter for the directors to consider.

‘When you are talking about a big fee it becomes a financial issue rather than a football one. While a decision on a big transfer would fall to the directors, that isn’t to say they would not listen to what I have to say.

‘The board would listen to my argument and I would listen to theirs before any decision could be reached.’

‘Everyone knows how highly I rate Russell, including the directors.’

He then excused his player from being present at training tomorrow as the rumour mill goes into overdrive, ‘At the end of the season I told Russell he could have some extra time off because he had international duty after the SPL had finished. Because he was injured he did not go to the Faroes as planned with Scotland but I would still expect him to take a few days extra and come back next week.’

So whilst Jimmy is not conceding that the Dons main man is certain to leave, the Daily Record already has him signed, sealed and delivered as Roy Keane`s newest signing in the next 24 hours.

They insist that Aberdeen will use the money to plug some of the existing debts and keep the management team in place as well as holding onto the other top players at the club, nine of which are in the last year of their current deals.

The bottom line is that Russell has not signed yet but the best Aberdeen can hope for is that the imminent offer from Sunderland sparks the other supposedly interested clubs in Middlesbrough, Everton and Fulham into a bidding war and the fee rises considerably and Jimmy gets a few quid to help land a replacement.

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