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Brown Talks Tough
Published : 07 May 2011 09:57:08
If the offer is not right, Sone Aluko will not be going anywhere Craig Brown has warned Sone Aluko that he will not let him leave Aberdeen if the price is not right. The winger is keen to leave Pittodrie and get a new club nearer to his family home in Birmingham. However, given his age, Brown would be looking for six-figure compensation fee for the full Nigeria international and he is not for accepting a knock-down price. The Aberdeen manager said: "He is not going to go without the appropriate compensation, it's as simple as that. Why have a compensation agreement and not benefit from that? I'm not going to be awkward to Sone but if someone is not prepared to pay £200,000 for him, they don't value him highly enough. That would be my message to Sone. But I'm sure someone will. If his agent is on the case, I don't think it will be difficult to get that kind of money for a very talented player. His agent has told me that he's actively looking for a club for him in England and I'm quite sure he'll have no problem finding one." Brown is still hopeful of re-signing goalkeeper Jamie Langfield and has not ruled out persuading striker Chris Maguire to stay. And Langfield is keen to agree a new deal despite inadvertently delaying discussions: The 'keeper said: "My agent spoke to the club last week. Since then we have not really spoken. I think that's my fault because I lost my phone. I have had to go and get a new handset, I think my agent has been trying to get hold of me, I have not spoken to him yet. I know the manager needs to know as quickly as possible. I'm the same, I want to get things sorted. I love staying in Aberdeen and I love playing for Aberdeen but it all depends on what the club are offering. They have said they want to keep me and that's great, especially when you see the boys they are releasing, some close pals of mine." Aberdeen face St Johnstone today and Brown's injury list lengthened during the week when Michael Paton and Peter Pawlett picked up injuries during the Aberdeenshire Shield final defeat by Turriff United. However, the squad has been boosted by the return of teenage midfielder Fraser Fyvie following almost nine months out with cruciate ligament damage. Brown said: "Fraser Fyvie will be on the bench, whether we use him or not will depend on the circumstances and maybe the result at the time. I don't want to put him in an environment where we're looking for him to rescue the team. But we are so short of players we need to put him in the squad."