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Aberdeen bring in Man Utd's Wilson to replace Irish striker Rooney

James Wilson heads to Scotland on a season-long loan following Adam Rooney’s departure.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Manchester United v Stoke City - Old Trafford James Wilson has scored four goals in 20 appearances for Manchester United. PA Archive / PA Images PA Archive / PA Images / PA Images

SCOTTISH PREMIERSHIP SIDE Aberdeen have secured the services of Manchester United striker James Wilson on a season-long loan, both clubs confirmed today.

Wilson, 22, has scored four goals in 20 appearances for United, but has spent the past couple of seasons on loan at Brighton, Derby and Sheffield United.

“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,” said Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes.

“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.”

McInnes has been in the market for a striker since top scorer for the past four seasons, Adam Rooney, moved from Pittodrie to Salford City last month and has taken advantage of the fact the Scottish transfer window doesn’t close until 31 August. The window for Premier League clubs closed last week.

Adam Rooney Irish striker Adam Rooney has left Aberdeen for Salford City. Gary Carr / INPHO Gary Carr / INPHO / INPHO

Despite being knocked out of the Europa League by Burnley, Aberdeen have made a positive start to the new season. McInnes’s men struck late to hold Steven Gerrard’s Rangers 1-1 on the opening weekend of the season and won 1-0 away at Dundee on Saturday.

© – AFP, 2018

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