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Aberdeen land Man Utd striker on season-long loan

Monday August 13th 2018 at 9:26 AM

Aberdeen have signed up a Manchester United striker on a season-long loan to bolster their attacking options.

With Sam Cosgrove and Stevie May left as the senior strikers in the squad, manager Derek McInnes has brought in James Wilson.

James Wilson. Pic: AFC

It follows the summer departure of Adam Rooney for Salford City – with Wilson to sport his vacant number nine shirt.

In 2014, he scored twice on his United debut when he was only 18.

The 22-year-old scored five in 29 games for Brighton & Hove Albion, before scoring once in five with Derby County before getting injured in the 2016/17 season.

After his lay-off he returned to form last season scoring eight goals in 13 Under-23 games for Man United before having a loan spell at Sheffield United during the second half of the campaign.

Manager Derek McInnes said he was delighted to bring in James who he has been tracking for a while and was sought after by a number of other clubs: “I am absolutely delighted to secure James on a season long loan as he is a player I feel will very quickly become an important member of the squad for us.

“He is a real quality player, who I think will suit the way we play, and, having spoken to him, I think he sees this move as a real opportunity for him.

“There were other clubs interested in taking James but he feels this is the right place for him to continue his development.

“I’d also like to thank Manchester United for the part they played in making the loan happen.”

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