Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes has confirmed that he wants to have new players in before the squad report for pre-season – but admits that he needs to “recruit smartly” this summer.

The Dons have lost skipper Graeme Shinnie this summer but could secure the signing of Motherwell striker Curtis Main, according to the Evening Express.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 14: Derek McInnes the manager of Aberdeen during the Scottish Cup semi-final between Aberdeen and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 14, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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After finishing fourth in the league this season, McInnes told how work has been ongoing for a while to strengthen and hopes for “positive news” in the coming weeks.

“Hopefully there will be some good, positive news in the next few weeks about new players coming in,” McInnes said, as quoted by the Evening Express.

14th April 2019, Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland; Scottish Cup football, semi final, Aberdeen versus Celtic; Aberdeen Manager Derek McInnes with Assistant Manager Tony Docherty

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“We will try to be active and make good signings.

“Although we don’t have the money to throw at it, we can recruit smartly.

“Work has been ongoing for a while and we have made plenty of phone calls and have irons in the fire.

“Ideally when we report back in June we’ve strengthened in key areas and we’ll be looking forward to the coming season.”

McInnes side is also reported to be close to a deal with former defender Ash Taylor, two years after he left the Dos to join Northampton Town.

6th April 2019, Dens Park, Dundee, Scotland; Ladbrokes Premiership football, Dundee versus Aberdeen; Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes

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Taylor’s deal was ripped up last week leaving him free to return to Pittodrie and he was in the Granite City for talks yesterday.

Dom Ball is another who could return to Pittodrie after his Rotherham contract expires this summer after impressing on loan over the last two seasons.

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