Transfer News: Swansea defender Alan Tate loaned to Aberdeen
Aberdeen have signed Swansea defender Alan Tate on loan until the end of the season.
Last Updated: 03/01/14 5:25pm
Dons manager Derek McInnes is struggling with selection problems, with Clark Robertson and Andy Considine out injured and Michael Hector set to return to Reading following Sunday's game at Kilmarnock.
But the signing of Tate, who has had recent loan spells with Leeds and Yeovil, has boosted their defensive options and McInnes is delighted to welcome him to Pittodrie.
"I've made no secret of the fact that, even if Michael does come back, we are pretty short in terms of cover in that department," he told Aberdeen's official website.
"I'm delighted to bring in someone with Alan's experience.
"While Alan is predominantly a centre-back, he can also play at full-back if required."
Tate said: "The manager told me they were going well in the league, had a cup semi-final to look forward to and that there was a good chance for them to get into Europe.
"He sold me on the way that he wants to play good football, so that was it really, nothing else had to be said.
"It's a new challenge for me and that is one of the reasons why I have come up here. We play Kilmarnock on Sunday but I wouldn't even know where Kilmarnock is? Is it a city?
"I've played in every league in England and was happy with how things have gone down there. This is a different challenge and one that I'm ready for.
"I've never played up in Scotland and if you spend all your life where you are comfortable, you won't achieve much."