The Sunderland midfielder was reportedly wanted by McInnes ahead of Aberdeen’s Europa League campaign.

The Aberdeen manager, Derek McInnes, has been asked whether or not he is dissuaded by Jack Ross’s comments on the Sunderland midfielder, Dylan McGeouch.

McInnes was keen to add McGeouch to his squad before last Friday’s Europa League registration deadline, according to the Scottish Sun, although he had until to today to register the former Hibernian player as a wildcard.

A move has failed to materialise, however, and the Sunderland manager, Ross, told the Echo on Tuesday that having taken the option to extend McGeouch’s contract by a further year, both he and McGeouch hope the latter can prove himself at the Stadium of Light.

Speaking to Sky Sports earlier on Wednesday, McInnes in response to Ross’s stance: “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.

“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.”

McInnes’s patience could yet pay off with McGeouch, if Sunderland are to add to their own midfield options as expected.

The Walsall captain, George Dobson, is the latest player linked with a move to the Stadium of Light, and wants to leave the Bescot Stadium, his manager, Darrell Clarke, told the Express and Star on Tuesday.

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