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Dons blow as Evans Kops Gillies.

Pittodrie chiefs could have blown their chances of landing Liverpool-bound Ricky Gillies for the SECOND time.

I understand Aberdeen boss Roy Aitken - who has already had a pounds 350,000 bid knocked back - was within an ace of signing the St Mirren star with an improved offer last Thursday.

But the Premier League strugglers - who have won just once in their last 19 games - have so far refused to go all the way to meet Saints' pounds 500,000 asking price.

That allowed Liverpool boss Roy Evans to nick in over the weekend and whisk the Scotland babe off to Merseyside.

Gillies - who is also being tracked by Manchester United, Arsenal and Bolton - travelled south yesterday to begin a week-long trial with the Premiership title chasers.

Hibs have also had a bid rejected by Love Street chief Tony Fitzpartick and while Rangers and Celtic have both been linked with Gillies, they have failed to make offers.

Meanwhile, St Johnstone's Attila Sekerlioglu could quit McDiarmid Park at the end of the season.

The Austrian midfielder's contract is up for renewal and unless the new deal allows him to become part of the coaching staff at the club - he'll turn it down.

He said: "St Johnstone are a big club, everyone is good. But I have to think about my future and I want to coach.

"If they offer me a new contract I will tell them that I would like to coach. I have played in Europe and have been involved in many important games so I think I can bring something good to the club."

Sekerlioglu, 32, has stirred interest south of the Border and his agent has been in talks with a few English clubs.
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Date:Apr 14, 1997
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