Jim Goodwin insists Aberdeen didn’t need to dip into Calvin Ramsay profits to land Bojan Miovski. The Dons boss continued his busy summer rebuild with the snapping of the striker from MTK Budapest for an undisclosed fee.
It comes after Pittodrie chief Dave Cormack sanctioned the £100,000 purchase of Miovski’s former MTK teammate Ylber Ramadani earlier this month. The Reds have also splashed the cash to land Nottingham Forrest full-back Jayden Richardson as a replacement for new Anfield starlet Ramsey, while Liam Scales and Anthony Stewart will be welcomed on board when the Dons travel to their camp Spanish training on Monday.
But Goodwin insists the ambitious Granite City outfit would have pushed the boat out for their new signings regardless of their £8million Ramsey windfall from Liverpool as he hailed Cormack’s financial backing. “Ramsay’s money certainly helps, but that’s not all,” the Irishman pointed out. “We would still be making these deals if Calvin Ramsay had stayed.
“It’s a great financial position for the club. Of course, the deal for Calvin was an incredible deal for everyone.
“The boy has won the right to go to one of the biggest clubs in the world. There won’t be many clubs in the world who sell 18-year-olds for the kind of money we made .
“That money is important because it stabilizes everything for the next two years. It goes a long way towards improving the facilities and everything else, but the game budget is the most important thing.
“To be fair to the chairman and the board, they don’t get much out of the club. Everything is plowed back – that’s why we can sign contracted players like Ramadani, Richardson and Miovski.
As is the case with Ramadani, the Dons are still awaiting visa clearance before Miovski can join Goodwin’s group. But the Pittodrie boss is excited about the North Macedonia international’s potential.
The striker, 23 today, has earned six caps, including an appearance as a substitute in Italy’s shock 1-0 defeat that robbed the Euro 2020 winners of a place in the World Cup. Aberdeen faced competition from clubs in Hungary, Russia, Belgium, Poland and Switzerland for his signature and Goodwin is confident the club will eventually get a good return on their investment.
He said, “Yeah, there was [competition to sign him]. He was under contract with MTK and there was a lot of interest in him. There were some big offers for him last January from a few teams in Europe.
“But luckily they haven’t left and he was still available when I arrived at the club in February. We all agreed that he is the type of centre-forward we should bring into the club if we can get there. to arrive.
“But we couldn’t have done it without the support of the board, and without their confidence in the strategy and the vision we have for the team. He exactly matches the striker profile I gave Darren Mowbray, the head of recruiting.
“It’s a number nine. He’s about 6’3, very mobile, very athletic. He’s on the left side and has one eye for a goal. He is obviously very involved in the North Macedonia international team as well. For a young lad, he’s only 23, he’s already been capped six times and he’s doing very, very well.
“The good thing for me too is that he still has a lot of room for development. That’s what we’re trying to do. He’s definitely not the finished article. But we think that at the level he is at right now, we expect him to score straight away, but there will also be an improvement in him.
“There is no pressure on him. It’s a real mark of the club’s intention to show our supporters that we have ambition. The Dons are also tracking striker Tobias Lauritsen of Odd’s Norwegian side, but Goodwin showed coy when he said: “We talk to so many players that it wouldn’t be fair for me to mention them all. . But Lauritsen is a good player.