Aberdeen manager Brown expects Maguire to join Derby

Chris Maguire
Maguire has been offered a two-year deal to remain at Aberdeen

Aberdeen manager Craig Brown is resigned to losing Chris Maguire and expects the striker to complete a move to Derby County.

The 22-year-old will be out of contract at Pittodrie and appears set on a move this summer despite the offer of a two-year-deal to stay with the Dons.

The Championship side are eager to sign the player with Maguire equally keen to make the move.

"It looks as though he'll go to Derby," Brown told BBC Radio Scotland.

"It's not been confirmed obviously because he's away with the national team.

"But I'm sure that when he comes back medical will be undertaken and he'll have no bother passing that I'm sure and the transfer will go through.

"I think the compensation comes to just under £400,000. That's to be confirmed."

Aberdeen triggered a future compensation pay-out clause by offering Maguire a new deal before the end of March.

But Brown is unsure how much of the potential windfall he will be given to spend.

"First of all you've got to identify a suitable replacement and then go to the board with the financial implications of that," said Brown.

"I have, obviously, been anticipating this and we've looked carefully and we have one or two targets.

"We're doing our utmost to strengthen the squad. To reassure the Aberdeen fans, we'll leave no stone unturned to strengthen the squad.

"We have got many targets in mind and quite clearly we'd like to tie one or two deals down quite soon."

Kilmarnock captain Craig Bryson
Kilmarnock captain Craig Bryson is another Derby target

Brown can understand Maguire's motives for moving on but thinks the Scotland forward would have benefited from staying at Pittodrie.

He added: "To be honest, I think another year in the Scottish Premier League would've done him good but obviously there's a lucrative contract on offer and of course his father and his girlfriend think it's quite glamorous, the prospect of playing in England.

"I gave him a good example. Jim O'Brien was doing exceptionally well at Motherwell a year ago and Jim went to Barnsley. When I look at the Barnsley team every week, he's very often on the bench and not a certain starter.

"It's not all glamour down south and I warned Chris but I think the lure of extra money and some of his pals like Barry Bannan playing down there makes it attractive for him.

"Their heads are turned and when they go away with the national team, they hear the fancy figures quoted from other players.

"It's very difficult to convince a young player that he'd be better to stay another year and I've no issue with Chris Maguire because he's a good lad.

"I do hope he's successful, he's got all the ability to be successful but whether he'll get the opportunity early enough in consistent games to give his talents the opportunity to flourish, that's the problem."

Meanwhile, Derby are also tracking the Kilmarnock captain Craig Bryson but a potential deal is not imminent.

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