Aberdeen boss Derek McInnes delivers Leeds United loanee Ryan Edmondson contract news
ABERDEEN boss Derek McInnes says Leeds United striker Ryan Edmondson will be signing a new Whites contract in the next few weeks with the forward "highly thought of" at Elland Road.
Nineteen-year-old Leeds striker Edmondson has joined Aberdeen on loan until January with the forward making his debut as a second-half substitute in Saturday's 1-0 loss at home to Rangers.
McInnes says he was delighted to be given the opportunity to take United's England under-19s international on loan - particularly with striker Sam Cosgrove facing between eight and ten weeks out having suffered a fractured cartilage in his knee.
Cosgrove picked up the injury just days after rejecting a £2.7m move to Guingamp, leaving McInnes thrilled at the recruitment of Edmondson who the Abderdeen boss says is heading for a new contract with the Whites.
The YEP understands a three-year deal has been mooted.
“Ryan is someone, who, when there was a possibility of Cosgrove going to France, was one of a number of players we looked at as a potential replacement," McInnes told the Evening Express.
“We wanted someone who had been training and also in and about somebody’s first team.
“Obviously half of the English clubs haven’t played since March and half of them have just knocked off.
“To get somebody at a club who is willing to give up their youngsters after a prolonged season is a bit difficult.
“We are delighted to get Ryan.
"Obviously Ryan is a bit behind, although probably further ahead of where Sam was when he first came in.
“But Ryan does score goals at his own level.
“He is highly thought of at Leeds and will be signing a new contract there in the next few weeks.
“Ryan is young, he is raw at times, but he has potential and gives us something different.”
Edmondson joined Leeds aged 16 from National League North side York City in November 2017.
The forward then signed a new three-year contract with United in August 2018.
The striker has so far made two first team appearances, both from the bench.
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Thank you Laura Collins