Aberdeen chief Dave Cormack has confirmed the signing of former Rangers player David Bates via his personal Twitter account, with an official announcement on the transfer imminent.

Bates, who has been frozen out at current club Hamburger SV in Germany, has been linked both with a return to Rangers [Homme du Match via Glasgow Live] and a move to Hearts [Edinburgh Evening News].

After being linked with Rangers and Hearts, Bates is joining Aberdeen, according to Dons chief Dave Cormack. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, with Hearts instead bringing in Taylor Moore on loan from Bristol City, Aberdeen appear to have swooped in and snapped him up.

The Scottish Sun reported on Saturday afternoon that Bates was undergoing his Dons medical with an announcement expected in the evening.

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Cormack then tweeted after 9pm confirming that the 6ft 4″ centre-back had signed but that the club were awaiting the return of paperwork from HSV before making things official.

The former Ger has been looking for a transfer since being frozen out at HSV. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)

A return to Ibrox was never realistically going to happen for Bates despite the rumours, but he’ll no doubt be delighted to finally have a new club.

After a promising start in Germany, he dropped way down the pecking order, was sent out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday and Cercle Brugge and has recently been training with the reserves while awaiting a move.

The 24-year-old Scotland international has 19 Premiership appearances to his name, all made during his time at Rangers.

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