Livingston manager David Martindale says former Arsenal talent Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is on the verge of a move to Aberdeen.

Arsenal icon Arsene Wenger branded Emmanuel-Thomas an ‘unbelievable’ finisher when the forward was breaking through at the Emirates (ES). But he wasn’t able to get a consistent run of game at the Emirates, forging a decent career in the EFL before a move to Thailand, joining Livingston last year.

Former Arsenal star Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is set for Pittodrie.

Former Arsenal star Jay Emmanuel-Thomas is set for Pittodrie. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

He was set to return to the far-east in the summer but Aberdeen have swooped in to take the Arsenal academy graduate, Martindale saying of Emmanuel-Thomas: “I had a gentleman’s agreement with big JET.  I’ve been open and honest about it, if JET could go over to foreign shores and pick up bigger money because he’s not getting any younger.

“With the finances at Livingston, there’s no way a player of that ability should be playing for Livingston, if I’m honest. I got him due to Covid. It took us a long time to get him up to speed, so I think everybody’s seen what he’s capable of in the last six weeks to two months. By JET staying in Scotland, I’ve also got a handshake with JET that we would command a fee if that was a possibility.

“JET’s agent has been dealing with that side of things but I know it’s been ongoing. I’ll pick that up this week. Would I love to see JET staying in Scotland? Yes, I would.  Would it help Livingston Football Club financially if he stays in Scotland? Yes, it would. So they’re not getting him for nothing!”

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