Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has responded to a question on the Dons’ reported pursuit of Sunderland midfielder Dylan McGeouch.

The Evening Express recently reported that the ex-Hibs battler was a target for McInnes.

McInnes reportedly wants the Sunderland battler. (Photo by David Young/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Black Cats boss Jack Ross recently told the Chronicle that he was hoping that McGeouch could prove himself at the club. Now McInnes has commented on the situation.

When asked directly about the Sunderland midfielder and Ross’ stance on him, the Aberdeen manager told Sky Sports News: “Without going into specifics with players, I’m keen to bring in a central midfield player.

“It’ll probably be no surprise really that we’re asking about a lot of midfielders at this moment in time and some are more available than others.

McInnes was asked directly about McGeouch. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

“And as I said before, we would rather wait for the right midfielder, the one that we feel can give us what we want – not only for this season but the years ahead, rather than just focusing on these two games, as important as they are.”

Patience with Sunderland midfielder could be key but McInnes must identify new targets

Sunderland are widely expected to add to their midfield options this summer. According to the Sunderland Echo, they have had a bid rejected for Walsall captain George Dobson.

If game time starts to become limited with more competition at the Stadium of Light, McGeouch could yet be forced out the exit door, despite Ross’ recent comments suggesting the opposite.

Not done yet. (Photo by Ian Horrocks/Sunderland AFC via Getty Images)

They suggest that the midfielder will be involved during the first half of the season at least.

Whilst it would be great to wait for McGeouch, McInnes should already have other targets in mind. This deal looks more unlikely than probable. To assure that he gets a decent midfielder through the door, alternative targets must already have been identified.

It would be great to see McGeouch back in Scotland. Despite that, it still looks very unlikely that it will happen this summer

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