Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass has spoken out about Rangers-linked midfielder Lewis Ferguson, following his high profile transfer request.
Premier League club Watford reportedly submitted a bid in the region of £2m for the 21-year-old in May and he handed in a transfer request, both of which were rejected by Aberdeen.
The club is greatly disappointed to have received a written transfer request from midfielder Lewis Ferguson today.
This request was rejected immediately.
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— Aberdeen FC (@AberdeenFC) May 19, 2021
His agent then expressed his frustration at the Dons’ conduct, suggesting that they had previously assured his client that they wouldn’t stand in his way if a Premier League club came knocking [Scotsman].
Speculation about Ferguson’s future has died down since then, though, and Glass says he’s shining in pre-season.
“The latest news is that we’ve still got Lewis at the club so we’re delighted about that,” he said [Scottish Sun]. “He was the top performer in the yo-yo test, which is what you’re looking for in one of your midfielders. To me, his commitment level is there and nobody should question it.”
“What’s happened has happened but he’s an Aberdeen player until further notice, the same with all our players.
“Our players will be in demand so it’s not a shock that people want to buy our players, but the valuation has to be right for the club or they stay and play for us until that is met.”
Aberdeen’s previous official comments on Ferguson suggested he was simply not for sale, but Glass’ words here suggest that higher bids would be considered.
Rangers fans have previously been split on the reported interest in the Scotland youth international, who has plenty of ties to Ibrox through his father Derek and uncle Barry.
The Gers do need reinforcements in midfield this summer, too, given Ryan Jack’s recent injury struggles and the fact that Bongani Zungu has returned to Amiens.
It remains to be seen whether or not the board would sanction a multi-million-pound move for the Dons star, though, especially before any current Ibrox assets are sold on.
Rangers are reportedly looking to strengthen in wide areas and are said to be preparing a bid for a highly-rated overseas player.