No contact from Rangers or agent over Sone Aluko, say Aberdeen

By Jonathan Sutherland and Jim SpenceBBC Scotland
Sone Aluko has been training with Rangers
Aluko has been training with Rangers and scored in a closed-doors game

Aberdeen say there has been no contact from Sone Aluko's agents - or Rangers - about their former forward's potential move to the Scottish champions.

The 22-year-old Nigeria international left the Dons in the summer and is now in his second week on trial at Ibrox.

Aluko impressed watching Ibrox manager Ally McCoist by scoring in a behind-closed-doors match against St Mirren.

But Aberdeen insist they are due compensation in the region of £200,000, which could hold up any deal.

Aluko, who also spent a short spell on loan with Blackpool, moved to Aberdeen from Birmingham City in September 2008 for £50,000 after a successful loan spell at Pittodrie.

And the Dons believe that, under Scottish Premier League rules, they are due compensation should Aluko agree to sign for Rangers.

Despite the player being a free agent, Aberdeen say a fee would be required for helping develop his talent.

A Pittodrie source told BBC Scotland last week: "We are fairly confident of our case.

"Our fans would never forgive us if we let Rangers walk all over us on this."

Any transfer case could be settled by a tribunal if the clubs cannot agree a fee.

Prior to the 3-1 friendly win against St Mirren, McCoist had told his club's websiteexternal-link that Aluko had been "looking lively in training".