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Attila the Don!; Chase is on for Austrian super Saint.

Aberdeen boss Roy Aitken is lining up a summer raid for St Johnstone hero Atilla Sekerlioglu.

Pittodrie first team coach Drew Jarvey watched the Austrian in the Perth team's last two matches against Morton and St Mirren.

And the towering midfield man impressed the Dons aide - just as he has the Saints fans in his first ever season outside his native country.

The "Austrian B" international has an agreement in his contract that allows him to move on to a bigger club for pounds 200,000.

St Johnstone's narrow failure to win promotion to the Premier would allow Aitken to invoke that getaway clause.

It was the signing of the talented 30-year-oldwhich added the quality which took Saints to the brink of promotion.

Atilla could be the answer to Aitken's engine room problems - but the Dons boss is not on his own in the chase.

Cup Winners' Cup Finalists Rapid Vienna had talks with Atilla's Austrian agent.

They face Paris St Germaine in the final next week and have watched Sekerlioglu.

But the 30-year-old Austrian insists: "I will finish my career in Scotland - I know I can play for another three or four seasons at this level.

"I don't want to go home - Austrian football is boring for me. I didn't consider Rapid's approach.

"I love the game in Scotland, it's more exciting and the crowds are bigger.

"It's faster too - I can become a better player here."

Attila is obviously settled in his new surroundings and a move to Coca- Cola Cup winners Aberdeen would keep him in Scotland - with European action thrown in.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Hepburn, Ray
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:May 5, 1996
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