Dons demand high Fyvie fee
Aberdeen have told Blackburn they must splash the cash if they want teenage star Fraser Fyvie.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 01/12/09 8:11pm
Aberdeen manager Mark McGhee has told Blackburn they will have to splash the cash if they want to prise away teenage star Fraser Fyvie.
Reports claim the English Premier League club have been scouting the 16-year-old midfielder, who has made the first-team breakthrough this season.
Fyvie has made seven Scottish Premier League appearances this term and the Dons are already trying to agree a new long-term deal with the youngster.
McGhee is looking to put Fyvie's contract in line with other first-teamers and warned he would only be going if Blackburn can meet the asking price.
"We have got Fraser under contract and we are negotiating to extend that," he said.
"That's not only from the point of view of protecting the club's position, but also from the point of view that Fraser is playing in the first team for youth-team money. That's not fair, so we are trying to address that on his behalf.
"If Blackburn or anyone else are interested, in the next couple of years we are going to be building a new stadium and £10million would help towards that.
"So, if they want him they can have him, I can assure you."
Fyvie is currently sidelined by an ankle injury but McGhee does not expect reports of potential suitors to go to his head when he returns to action.
"It's all to do with the people around him, what they are telling him and how they are reacting," added the Dons boss.
"But he's a fairly well-earthed boy. He'll read it and enjoy it and I think he'll be flattered. He might get excited.
"But he'll hear what I'm saying now and realise he's not going anywhere and that will be the end of it."
Meanwhile, McGhee may boost his squad with the signing of Ruaidhri Higgins.
The 25-year-old is available on an immediate free transfer from Derry City following their expulsion from the League of Ireland for contract irregularities.
"He is a midfield player who is on trial," said McGhee.
"As for any decisions, we have not even discussed it. He is training and we're looking at it him, and that's all."